No charges against officers who killed one man and injured another in Markham
The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has found no reasonable grounds to believe the officers committed an offense criminal, according to an investigation.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) will not lay charges against two York Regional Police officers who shot two 23-year-old men in Markham late last week. last year, killing one and seriously injuring the other.
SIU Director Joseph Martino found no reasonable cause believe the officers committed a criminal offense on Nov. 25, the Investigations Unit said in a statement.
The two plainclothes officers were inside an unmarked van, surveying an SUV suspected of being linked to a series of home burglaries when two men exited the vehicle and confronted officers.
One man pointed a loaded shotgun at one officer's head while the other was armed with a knife, according to the investigation.
The police then fired on the two individuals, killing the man with the knife and seriously injuring the other.
I am satisfied that [both officers] were acting to defend each other, concluded SIU Director Martino.
The Special Investigations Unit is a civilian, independent body that investigates deaths, serious injuries or allegations of sexual assaults that occur during a police operation.
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