Two Peel police officers who critically injured a 24-year-old man in a Brampton shooting were acting in self-defence and won’t be facing criminal charges, the province’s Special Investigations Unit has ruled.
With evidence indicating the suspect “fired early and often at the officers, the point is he gave every appearance of remaining a continuous and serious threat throughout his flight,” said SIU director Tony Loparco in a news release.
“In the final analysis, I am persuaded on the strength of the evidence that the officers were confronted with a clear and immediate danger to their very lives, and that they acted reasonably in meeting that threat by returning fire at the man.”
The officers were responding to an early morning call on June 8, 2016, for a firearm discharge and assault at the Newhaven Manor housing complex near Hwy. 410 and Williams Pkwy.
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Officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description, who tried to make his way inside the building.
Police caught up with the suspect and a struggle ensued.
As the officers tried to take him to the ground, the suspect drew a Glock pistol from the waistband of his pants and ran, pointing and firing his weapon in the direction of the officers.
Both officers returned fire.
The man hid in another building but was tracked by canine and tactical officers, who asked the suspect to show his hands.
He didn’t, so the canine handler released the dog and the dog bit the man, who still refused to show his hands.
The man was Tasered twice before officers handcuffed him.
The suspect suffered nine gunshot wounds and was transported to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for emergency surgery.
The officers weren’t injured.
The Glock used by the man – confirmed by DNA evidence linking blood on the weapon with the suspect – was found by the SIU in the same backyard where he was arrested.
The SIU investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.