No charges are to be laid against a Toronto police officer following the shooting death of a 49 year old man in February.
The Special Investigations Unit was called in after the death of Mr David Andrew Doucette outside a boarding house at 140 Spadina Road on February 18th.
Mr Doucette had been having drinks with a fellow resident of the boarding house when he is said to have grabbed a knife and stabbed the other man.
The stabbing victim then ran to the door of the house and called for help.
The subject officer and his partner arrived on the scene a short time later and noticed Mr. Doucette on the sidewalk a short distance from them, still holding a knife and slowly walking south in their direction.
He was asked to stop and drop the knife, however he continued to advance and the officer then discharged his firearm once in Mr. Doucette’s direction, inflicting a fatal gunshot wound to the neck.
Acting Director of the SIU, Joseph Martino said that ”the subject officer had every reason to believe that Mr. Doucette was a clear and present danger to his life, and the lives of his partner and a civilian, when he decided to pull the trigger”, adding that ”there could be little doubt that Mr. Doucette was ready, willing and able to inflict further harm”.