SIU Continues Investigation in Toronto



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 17 /CNW/ - Four investigators and three forensic
investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) continue to probe the
circumstances surrounding the injury sustained by a 17 year old male at a
Toronto shopping mall yesterday afternoon.
    The Toronto Police Service (TPS) contacted the SIU on April 16, 2009 at
3:28 p.m. TPS and reported that one of their officers responded to a call at
Yorkdale Mall to assist two members of the mall security in regards to a
person seen with a gun on mall property. A male was subsequently located and
arrested. During the arrest a physical confrontation took place between the
male, the police and mall security a gun discharged. The bullet struck one of
the mall security personnel. The security member who was wearing body armour
was not injured.
    The male was taken to 32 Division TPS for processing. Once at the police
station it was discovered that the male had a minor gunshot wound to his leg. 
The male was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment. During the treatment
for the superficial gunshot wound, it was determined that the male had also
sustained a facial fracture.
    This facial injury and its cause is now the focus of the SIU's
investigation.

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529

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