No charges against officers who killed man with pellet gun near Scarborough school in May

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The Ontario police watchdog has cleared two Toronto police officers of any wrongdoing after they shot and killed a man holding a gun in Scarborough last May.

According to a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) press release issued Friday, Director Joseph Martino found no reasonable grounds that either officer acted unlawfully when they confronted and shot the 27-year-old near William G. Davis Jr. Public School on May 26. .

“As such, there was no reason to pursue criminal charges in this matter,” the press release read. “The case has been closed.”

According to the SIU report on the incident, Toronto police first received a phone call about a man walking with a rifle near Scarborough Public School at around 1:35 p.m. this afternoon. -the. Officers responded and found the man hiding in bushes near a house on Maberley Crescent near Lawrence Avenue East and East Avenue.

The SIU says the man was holding this pellet gun when he was shot. (Special Investigations Unit)

Officers told the man to get out of the bushes, and that’s when the man pointed the pellet gun at police, according to the SIU. Two police officers shot the man, who died instantly.

The report said the man suffered from an undisclosed mental illness and had “had a particularly difficult time the previous week coping with his mental health.”

“The officers would not have known” that the weapon was an air rifle

Gunshot wounds were located in his left shoulder, left flank, left hip and abdomen. A .22 caliber Diana Stormrider pellet gun, fitted with a Tasco Air scope, was found near the sidewalk on the west side of East Avenue in the Adam’s Creek area.

The SIU also said the man had 28 pellets in his trouser pockets when he was shot.

Items of the man’s clothing, medical debris and other items can be seen at the scene of the shooting. (Special Investigations Unit)

The unit’s decision says the officers’ shots constituted “reasonable defensive force”.

“The weapon in the Complainant’s possession was an air rifle, but the officers would not have known it, and if they had known it is clear that they could be assured that it was not deadly,” the report said.

“For all intents and purposes, the officers would have reasonably feared their lives were at stake when the Complainant very deliberately raised the gun at them.”

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