The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) by a North Bay police officer at a male teenager in that Ski Club Road standoff yesterday.
It's asking for the public's help.
An SIU news release says preliminary information suggests that on June 10, at approximately 1:30 pm, members of NBPS responded to "a report of a trespasser who had pulled a handgun on a homeowner."
The young male was arrested after a brief standoff and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of police officers that may have resulted in serious injury, or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.
One NBPS officer was designated as subject officer and three other officers were designated as witness officers.