TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) police officer
committed any criminal offence in connection with the death of Trevor Graham.
The SIU assigned five field investigators and three forensic
identification technicians to investigate the circumstances of Mr. Graham's
The SIU investigation determined that at 9:38 p.m., Tuesday November 20,
2007, two uniformed officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress at
the Shopper's Drug Mart on Ottawa St. South. When the officers arrived Mr.
Graham was in the process of leaving the store via the main entrance. The
officers noticed Mr. Graham, with his face concealed, was carrying merchandise
in one hand and a knife in the other hand. The officers shouted at Mr. Graham
to drop the knife and stop, numerous times. Mr. Graham ignored the officer's
commands and advanced towards them. The subject officer discharged her service
pistol once. The shot struck Mr. Graham in the chest, and he collapsed to the
floor. EMS responded to the scene and Mr. Graham was taken to Grand River
Hospital by ambulance. Mr. Graham succumbed to his injuries.
Director Cornish said, "The subject officer was clearly acting within the
course of her lawful duties when she responded to the armed robbery call at
the store and confronted Mr. Graham. Regrettably Mr. Graham chose to move
steadfastly in the officer's direction while holding a knife in his left hand.
I have no doubt that the officer shot Mr. Graham believing her life to be in
danger. In the circumstances, faced with an armed robber within feet of her
position, I am satisfied the officer's belief was a reasonable one."
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
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