HRPS Responds to Special Investigations Unit Finding Regarding Role of Halton Officer

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On September 20, 2016 members of the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) were involved in a shooting in the City of Toronto. At the time of the incident, HRPS officers were following the suspect, Mr. Delong, as part of an ongoing property crimes investigation.

Shortly after arriving in the city, Mr. Delong suddenly and unexpectedly discharged a firearm and an individual suffered gunshot wounds. Officers intervened and, after a brief interaction, (Mr. Delong) was shot by police. Both the victim and Mr. Delong survived.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was immediately notified by HRPS and invoked their mandate. Given the active nature of the investigation and associated protocols, the Service could not provide comment.

Per their media release entitled No Criminal Charges against Halton Officer in relation to Toronto Shooting Incident, the SIU has completed their investigation, concluding that the police officer involved acted lawfully and has been exonerated.

As such, Chief Stephen Tanner today releases his statement regarding the incident and SIU findings:

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At this time I wish to publicly commend each of our officers for the roles they played that day. They were able to effectively intervene in a rapidly unfolding, life-threatening incident. While we may never know for sure, these officers quite possibly saved the life of the victim who had been shot. Following the initial incident, the officers rendered medical assistance at the scene until Toronto EMS arrived.

I am extremely proud of our team. All of the involved officers, including the subject officer, cooperated fully with the SIU. This included (the subject officer) submitting to an interview, which he was not required to do.

No police officer wants to be placed in a situation of having to consider, never mind actually using deadly force. However, we know from this and many other similar, serious cases across the country, it can be a requirement of our highly-trained and professional officers.

With the SIU investigation concluded, I want to once again thank our officers for their actions and commend them for their professional conduct throughout the incident and resulting investigation.

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