Investigation into January's fatal police-involved shooting in Mississauga still ongoing

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The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into a police-involved shooting that killed a resident half a year ago.

28 year old Jamal Francique died on the evening of Tuesday, January 7, 2020 when Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers attended the area of Southampton Drive and Aquinas Avenue to make an arrest.

According to the SIU, police located Francique in a vehicle at which an officer fired multiple shots.

Francique later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

“While the fieldwork has been substantially completed, the investigation remains open pending receipt of additional information,” said the SIU.

As of Friday, July 24, investigators have interviewed the officer who fired the shots and eight witness officers from the PRP, as well as one civilian witness.

A canvass of the area was completed and several items collected from the scene have been sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis. The SIU says it has received these reports.

No video footage of the incident was available, according to the SIU.

The SIU is also waiting for a report regarding the post-mortem examination conducted on January 11, 2020, as well as the results of toxicological analysis.

“The SIU is working to ensure the investigation is concluded, and its findings released, as expeditiously as possible.”

There’s no word on when the investigation is expected to be complete.

In the months following Francique's death, advocacy groups have demanded justice in various ways including a Change.org petition and a fundraiser to support Francique's family.

A vigil for Francique was held at Celebration Square on June 13.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault.

Photo courtesy of Justice for Jamal Francique petition on Change.org

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