TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting
of a man by the London Police Service (LPS) last week.
On Thursday January 15, 2009 the SIU dispatched investigators including
forensic investigators to London to probe the actions of the LPS in the
shooting of 26-year-old Joseph Arthur Barnes of London. Investigation to this
point has determined that Mr. Barnes sustained gunshot wounds during his
interaction with officers of the LPS. Mr. Barnes is presently in Victoria
Hospital in London under guard. His condition is listed as alert and stable.
The evidence gathered to this point in the probe indicates that Mr.
Barnes was in the possession of a firearm at the time he interacted with the
LPS. That firearm is a pellet gun, which is a replica of a handgun. This
firearm was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
The SIU has interviewed both subject officers and the ten witness
officers as well as a number of civilian witnesses.
Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this
incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 extension
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