Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says two Toronto Police officers acted in self-defence in the fatal shooting of Kwasi Skene-Peters.
The Director of the SIU has found the two officers were legally justified in shooting the man outside Tryst nightclub on July 25, 2015.
The report found that two weeks earlier, a Canada-wide warrant had been issued for the arrest of Skene-Peters on two charges of first-degree murder.
The SIU says a short gunfight resulted in a single, fatal gunshot wound to the chest. That came after numerous police officers surrounded him and yelled commands like “stop”, “You’re under arrest”, “don’t move and “freeze” at him.
Skene-Peters was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:59 a.m.
The time that elapsed from when the takedown order was issued until Mr. Skene-Peters was apprehended was less than 30 seconds.
The SIU assigned seven investigators and four forensic investigators to carefully examine the circumstances of this incident.
The two subject officers in this investigation declined to participate in SIU interviews or provide copies of their duty notes, as is their legal right.