KAWARTHA LAKES-An OPP officer who fired an anti-riot weapon at a man three times has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Special Investigations Unit.
In the early morning hours of July 5, 2022, OPP officers were sent to a residence in Omemee following a call to police about a stabbing and break-and-enter. Police say three men had left the apartment with property and were seen travelling north towards a church. Officers located a machete and an air gun on the grounds of the church with additional weapons were located as officers searched the area for the suspects according to police.
While searching, officers saw a group of men. The men fled. An officer pursued one of the individuals into the backyard of a residence, and at some point, fired his Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield at the man three times hitting him in the back and the thigh. The man turned to face the officer, advanced a short distance, and was shot in the abdomen by another ARWEN round fired by the officer according to the SIU investigation.
The man was taken into custody without further incident. He had not suffered any serious injuries.
SIU Director Martino was unable to reasonably conclude that the officer acted lawfully and there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
Three people had been stabbed at the same property on July 2nd.
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.