Police cleared in shooting of Burlington man during standoff


Published December 28, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Peel officer fires gun during arrest

The shooting of a Burlington man involved in a standoff with police was justified, according to the Ontario agency that investigates police-involved shootings.

In a report released today (Dec. 28), Director Joseph Martino of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe an officer committed a criminal act in connection with the shooting.

Martino determined that reasonable force was used to subdue the 43-year-old man during the standoff that took place at an apartment complex at Dynes Rd. and Prospect St. on June 27 of this year.

Halton police were originally called to the scene after reports that paramedics had what they believed to be a gun pointed at them. The paramedics were there to do a wellness check on the man.

Police negotiators became involved but the man refused to surrender and come out of his unit and threatened to shoot officers if they entered, according to the SIU investigation.

Eventually, the man opened his door and appeared to point a gun at police at which point an officer fired a single shot striking the man in the arm.

Police were then able to enter the unit where the man was arrested. He was taken to hospital and treated for his wounds and a broken arm.

“The SO (subject officer) says in his account to the SIU that he fired his weapon fearing for his life, and I believe him,” Martino says in the report. “The Complainant had over a protracted period claimed to have a gun and indicated he would shoot the officers if they entered his residence.”

Martino concluded that the officer acted within the limits of the law and there is no basis for proceeding with charges in this case.



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