Two Halton officers cleared by SIU after distressed man injured during arrest
Two Halton police officers have been cleared of wrong-doing after a Burlington man was hit by anti-riot and taser weapons last November.
The officers were absolved by by the province’s Special Investigations Unit, which was automatically called in to investigate following the discharge of a weapon.
Police were called to a Burlington residence on Nov. 17 as others were concerned the 52-year-old man was going to hurt himself.
After failing to negotiate an end to the incident, officers located the man with two edged weapons.
The man was in the process of harming himself when an officer fired an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at him and the other officer discharged a conducted energy weapon.
He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. The man sustained serious neck injuries that he had inflicted on himself.
The SIU concluded the use of force was legally justified to prevent serious harm or death and the officers conducted themselves lawfully throughout their engagement with the man.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising