The Ontario Special Investigation Unit has laid no charges against a London police officer who shot a knife-wielding man late in July.
“The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting and injury of a 40-year-old man last July,” the Ontario SIU said in a statement.
The incident occurred on July 27, 2021, at Dufferin Avenue in London following a 911 call to report a domestic disturbance and the presence of weapons.
Officers responded and saw the man exit the home with a knife taped to each of his wrists, the Ontario SIU said, adding that the man ignored repeated commands for him to drop the weapons and stop advancing toward the officers down the driveway. Two officers deployed Conducted Energy Weapons without success.
Another officer discharged his pistol at the man twice. The man fell to the ground on his back. Paramedics arrived and took the man to hospital. The man suffered gunshot wounds to the right upper thigh and left hand.
The Ontario SIU also added that Director Martino was satisfied that the subject official’s use of gunfire was a reasonable use of force. Efforts at verbal de-escalation and lesser force of the Conducted Energy Weapons had proven unsuccessful, and the man was on the precipice of reaching the officers.