An officer with Toronto Police will not face charges in connection with a shooting in January of this year, which left a 34 man with injuries.
On the morning of Wednesday January 7, a convenience store employee called 911 to report a man pointed a gun at him in attempts to rob the Sherbourne Street store.
Shortly afterwards, an officer outside a Rexall Pharma Plus on Bloor Street East reported over the radio a man matching the description was in the drugstore. While this was going on, the man the pharmacist to ask about some medication.
An officer entered the store, and when the man turned to look at him, pulled out what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at him. The officer immediately took out his firearm, and ordered him to drop the weapon.
A handful of other officers entered the store. The man then walked towards one of them, with the weapon aimed in front and uttered something to the effect of “I’ll get you.”
One officer discharged his firearm when the distance between them was about 6 meters.
“It is clear that the man was incoherent and irrational at the time. He made indecipherable utterances during the standoff, and made obviously false claims to the SIU regarding his identity when interviewed from his hospital bed. Turning to the legal issue at hand, I am satisfied on the totality of the evidence that the subject officer was justified in discharging his firearm at the man. Section 34 of the Criminal Code provides the legal justification for the use of force in self-defense or defense of others.” – Joseph Martino, Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit.