SIU Concludes Brantford Police Shooting Investigation



    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer is criminally
responsible for a shooting that resulted in a serious injury to a 15-year-old
girl.
    Eight SIU investigators probed the circumstances of the girl's injury.
    The SIU investigation revealed that on May 27, 2007 at approximately 4:25
a.m., two BPS officers in a marked cruiser noticed the driver of a black
minivan driving at excessive speed in the area of Sheridan and Charlotte
Streets. The officers requested assistance as they followed the van. They
followed the minivan to the rear parking lot of a plaza at 96 Dalhousie Street
where an officer in an unmarked police cruiser joined them. The officers
activated the cruisers' emergency lights and sirens and initiated a pursuit of
the van as it travelled westbound on Dalhousie Street. The pursuit lasted
approximately 2.5 kilometres and ended at Waterloo and Albion Streets when the
minivan stopped. The officers stopped their cruisers around the minivan, got
out of their cars, and approached the van. One of the officers had his firearm
drawn. They ordered the driver of the van to exit the van, but he did not.
Instead he started to accelerate forward in what they believed was a further
attempt to elude them. There was a confrontation between the officers and the
driver of the minivan and as a result the officer shot four times at the
moving van. All four shots hit the van with two of them going through the
front windshield into the passenger compartment.
    The 15-year-old female passenger in the minivan was shot once in the arm.
She was taken to hospital where she was treated and released later that day.
The 17-year-old male driver was not injured and currently faces charges as a
result of this incident.
    Director Cornish concluded that there were no reasonable grounds to
believe that a criminal offence was committed by the officer in connection
with the shooting that resulted in the gunshot injury to the 15-year-old
female passenger.
    The Director stated, "The evidence establishes that the officer was in
the lawful execution of his duties at the time he fired his weapon. ... The
evidence further establishes in my view that the officer's conduct in shooting
at the driver of the van was a reasonably necessary use of force to thwart a
danger to life and limb. ... While the 15-year-old passenger received a
serious bullet wound to her left forearm, it was most fortuitous that neither
she or the driver was killed."
    The SIU will not be releasing any further information in relation to this
investigation in order to protect the fair trial interests of the young man
and the community.
    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
Attorney General.





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