No charges issued in relation to discharge of police ARWENs in Oakville: SIU

Published April 12, 2021 at 12:24 pm

On December 7, 2020, at 12:45 p.m., Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officers responded to a call for a barricaded man inside a residence, located at an Oakville address.

Police say the barricaded man in the residence is now known to be the Complainant and the residence was in the area of Upper Middle Road and Sixth Line.

According to police, upon arrival, the officers made efforts to negotiate with the Complainant, who then exited the residence and officers continued with their communication.

Police say to apprehend the Complainant, officers deployed one round from an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN), followed by a conducted energy weapon (CEW) discharge.

The Complainant was apprehended under the Mental Health Act (MHA) and taken to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and was held for a mental health assessment, according to police.

Police say the Complainant did not suffer any injuries as a result of his interactions with the police.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has determined there are “no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer acted other than lawfully in firing his ARWEN at the man” and that “there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer.”

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