TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish has concluded that, "There are no reasonable grounds to
believe that the officer involved in the shooting of a 17-year-old male
Toronto youth on December 21, 2007 committed any criminal offence."
The SIU assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances surrounding this incident.
The SIU investigation determined that at 8:45 p.m. the Toronto Police
Service (TPS) was called to an armed robbery in progress at the Shoppers Drug
Mart, 620 Keele St. The male youth who robbed the store with a handgun fled
before the TPS arrived. A citizen followed the youth at a distance, and when
an officer arrived the citizen was able to tell the officer where the youth
The TPS officer located the youth in a laneway and saw that the youth was
armed with a handgun. The officer told the youth to drop the gun several
times, but instead the youth pointed the gun at the officer. The officer fired
seven shots at the youth striking him three times. The youth fell to the
ground where he was handcuffed and taken into custody. The youth was taken to
hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. An unloaded
45-calibre handgun was recovered at the scene. A knife was also found in his
Director Cornish said, "The youth was found in possession of an unloaded
45-calibre handgun which he pointed at the TPS officer. I am led to believe
the officer had a reasonable basis to fear for her life. The officer had no
way of knowing the gun was not loaded. The officer was justified in meeting
that threat with potentially lethal force. Fortunately the youth survived."
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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