Joseph Martino, Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Brantford Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with shooting an Anti-riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 53-year-old man in March.
On March 4, 2022, officers responded to a residence on Victoria Street in Brantford for a man in distress who had a knife. Officers attempted to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act. The man refused repeated demands to drop the knife and an officer discharged the ARWEN and struck the man in the stomach. He was taken into custody and was not seriously injured.
Director Martino found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer involved comported himself other than lawfully in his engagement with the man, leaving no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case. The file has been closed.