SIU investigating after Hamilton police officer shot at suspect


Published September 8, 2022 at 11:29 am

An early morning incident involving a person with a firearm in Hamilton has led to an investigation from the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

A Hamilton police officer discharged a firearm at a 44-year-old man in the early morning hours of Sept. 8, said the SIU in a press release.

Hamilton Police Service reported the incident happened shortly before 1 a.m.

A police officer located a suspect in the area of Main Street East and Victoria Avenue South but when the officer attempted to engage with the man, he then fled on foot, the SIU said.

The officer followed on foot, and alerted communications on the whereabouts of the man and that he might have a firearm.

Officers contained the man in a parking lot on East Avenue North, between King William Street and King Street East.

“An interaction occurred, and multiple officers deployed their conducted energy weapons at the man,” said the SIU. “Another officer discharged his firearm at the man, but the man was not struck.”

The man was apprehended.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.

Even in cases of no serious injury or death, the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 dictates that the discharge of a firearm by an officer falls within the jurisdiction of the SIU.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

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