MISSISSAUGA – NEWS – The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) yesterday at a 24-year-old man.
Preliminary information suggests the following:
- On the evening of August 29, 2022, TBPS officers had information that an individual of interest was in a residence on Ambrose Street.
- Officers were dispatched to the residence and communication was made with the occupants of the home.
- When a man came out of the home, there was an interaction between him and police. An ARWEN was deployed and the man was struck. The man was also bitten by a police dog. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case.
The SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged an ARWEN, which is classified as a firearm. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php