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SIU clears police in Penetanguishene shooting

There was no 'unlawful conduct' by officers during incident in June when man was shot with anti-riot weapon: SIU
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Photo from Special Investigations Unit

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared OPP officers of any wrongdoing after a man was shot in Penetanguishene in June.

On June 11, police responded to the report of a 28-year-old man in distress at a home on Church Street.

“The man barricaded himself in the home,” the SIU stated in a news release issued Friday. “During the course of multiple interactions, the man was struck by ARWEN (anti-riot weapon enfield) rounds. The man was arrested and taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured arm.”

SIU director Joseph Martino “accepted that the fractured arm was incurred at some point in (the man’s) interaction with the police, whether the result of his fall down the stairs or being struck by one or more ARWEN rounds, or some combination of the two …”

However, Martino “was not satisfied that it is attributable to any unlawful conduct on the part of the involved officers. Accordingly, there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case. The file has been closed.”

The full director’s report can be found here.