The Provinces police watchdog says charges will not be laid against a Peel Regional Police officer, who shot an injured a 26-year-old man in Mississauga, just over a year ago.
In a release issued on Tuesday, the SIU say that the officer was acting in self defense when he fired five shots at the suspect in the area of Dixie Road and Bloor Street on Nov. 14, 2015.
According to the SIU, the suspect made a call to 911 from the scene and indicated that he was wearing a suicide belt which he planned to detonate, in part because of his “people” being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The officer in question and a second witness officer arrived at the scene and saw a black strap around the suspects waist and a black device in his right hand.
When the man came within ten to 15 metres of the officers, he began to yell that he was going to blow them up and kill them, the officers retreated and that’s when the shots were fired.
It later became apparent that the suspect had fashioned a makeshift imitation explosive device using a hair clipper and cord.
He was transported to hospital for treatment following the shooting and was released the next day.
”The subject officer had no reason to doubt that the man meant what he said when he threatened to kill the officer while wearing an apparent explosive around his body” acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino said in a statement. ”At night, confronted by the man with something that looked like an explosive device around his waist and a detonator in his hand, the subject officer did not have the luxury of testing the authenticity of the man’s claims.”
Martino added that ”the subject officer feared for his life and believed it necessary to shoot the man to prevent him from detonating a bomb that would endanger his life.”
SIU finds no grounds to lay criminal charges against Peel police officer who shot man multiple times in Nov 2015. https://t.co/fi1hKgpByP
— SIU (@SIUOntario) November 22, 2016