An officer who accidentally shot a 78 year old man while putting down a deer in Thornhill will not be charged.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says the officer’s actions were “less than careful” but do not warrant charges.
In November of 2015, two men and the 78-year-old man came across an injured deer managed to get the ailing animal onto a sidewalk. Not long after two York Region police officers arrived, and decided the best course of action was to put the deer out of it’s misery.
One of the officers retrieved his police-issue shotgun, took aim and discharged a single shot into the deer, killing it. However, the shell ricocheted off the sidewalk and struck the 78-year-old man above the right ear and lodged in the area between his scalp and skull.
The senior was transported to hospital and later released following a surgical procedure to remove the projectile.
“Pursuant to section 10 of O. Reg. 926 under the Police Services Act, police officers are permitted to shoot an animal which ‘is so badly injured that humanity dictates that its suffering be ended.’” said acting Director Joseph Martino, “In the final analysis, I am satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer’s failings fall short of constituting a marked departure from a reasonable level of care and that there are therefore no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case.”