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A Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer was cleared of any wrongdoing, stemming from an incident early this year.

Bylaw officers were investigating a report of a man who had set up camp in a park on January 10, 2023.

The 39-year-old man confronted the officers and threatened to shoot them. The bylaw officers called 911 to report the incident.

Brantford Police Service officers located the man. When an officer asked the man to show his hands, he did. However, the man refused to get on his knees and instead became argumentative. The man eventually got to his knees, but then refused to lie prone on the ground.

Another officer discharged his Anti-Riot Weapon EnField at the man, and the man was struck. The man was rushed by officers and handcuffed behind his back.

On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting.

There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.

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