SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
******************** SIU updates investigation into fatal shooting in Thunder Bay TORONTO (October 31, 2005) - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances of a fatal shooting involving the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) on October 29, 2005.
At about 11:35 a.m., a citizen called police about a man seen brandishing a gun.
Several officers in marked cruisers came upon the man driving a SUV on Market Street and followed it into the parking lot of Dawson Heights Plaza on Regina Avenue.
The officers surrounded and confronted the man who was inside the SUV with a female passenger, resulting in shots being fired by a TBPS officer.
The 51-year-old man was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.
A post mortem examination is scheduled for today in Toronto.
His identity is not being released at this time.
As part of the investigation, the SIU has designated one subject and eight witness officers from the TBPS.
The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529.
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death.
Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation.
The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.