Peel police officer cleared in gun incident at Mississauga mall
Published August 16, 2021 at 8:24 pm
A Peel Regional Police officer who fired an anti-riot weapon at a gun-toting man who was threatening to kill people at a Mississauga shopping mall has been cleared of any wrongdoing by Ontario’s police watchdog.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), a civilian-led government agency that probes the conduct of police officers in circumstances involving death, serious injury, sexual assault and shots fired, has found no reasonable grounds to charge the officer in connection with the April 15 incident at Westwood Square mall in Malton.
According to the SIU, police officers responded to the Goreway Dr. mall early in the day after a man claimed he had a gun and threatened to kill people.
After appearing to surrender, the man suddenly rose to his feet and approached the police officers. One officer fired his anti-riot weapon five times, with at least two of the rounds striking the man, temporarily incapacitating him, the SIU said.
The man, who was not seriously injured, was then arrested.