Hamilton officers cleared by SIU in fatal shooting of 42-year-old man

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Published March 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm

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Members of the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) have been cleared by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in an incident last summer that resulted in a 42-year-old man being shot and killed by police.

The independent government agency announced Wednesday (Mar. 24), “there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.”

According to the HPS, on July 7, 2020, at about 3:34 p.m., it received a call from a woman reporting her ex-boyfriend was armed with a shotgun and holding her hostage.

The call was placed from an address on Ottawa St. North.

The HPS determined that the ex-boyfriend, referred to as “the Complainant” in the SIU report, was connected to a reported stolen vehicle.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., the vehicle was located in the area of Cannon St and Gage Ave at a convenience store parking lot.

“Uniformed police officers pinned the front of the stolen vehicle to prevent escape and several police officers approached,” according to the SIU report.

While the driver was being pulled from the vehicle, two officers discharged their firearms striking the Complainant—who was then transported to Hamilton General Hospital—where he would eventually succumb to his injuries.

The SIU interviewed 12 individuals during its investigation—eight civilians and six officers. An unidentified witness declined to be interviewed.

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