Quebec’s provincial police force (Sûreté du Québec, SQ) shot and killed a man in the evening of January 17, 2020, in Shawinigan, a city northeast of Montreal. The Bureau des enquetes independantes (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, report that police responded to a 911 call around 9:30 PM with regard to a man who appeared to be distressed who was allegedly chasing a taxi.
According to the BEI, an SQ officer shot and killed the man because he “approached police in a menacing way.” No details have been provided publicly on what this rather vague description actually involved. Appearing to be menacing shot not be a reason to be shot and killed. This is another example of why police should not be called when someone is experiencing distress.
The BEI has assigned nine investigators to examine the case.
RCMP shot and killed a man in Lytton, British Columbia, in the afternoon of January 13, 2020. The killing happened at a home in the 1000 block of McIntyre Road shortly after 2 PM. According to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP went to the home at around 8 AM in response to reports of a man in some type of distress. The IIO report that an emergency response team and a crisis negotiator were also called in.
An RCMP press release claims that “an interaction between the man and police” ended with shots being fired by the RCMP. No details have been provided publicly about the nature of the “interaction” or how many RCMP officers fired their weapons. No details have been provided about the nature of the distress the man was experiencing.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The last day of 2019 saw yet another police killing of a civilian, at least the 59th police-involved death of the year. Niagara Regional Police shot and killed a 56-year-old man who has been identified as Fred Penner in St. Catharines, Ontario in the afternoon of December 31.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harms to civilians in Ontario, reports that Niagara Regional Police officers were called to a residential street in the industrial city’s west-end around 4:30 PM regarding reports of a man armed with a knife. When police arrived on the scene they shot the man. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Special Investigations Unit reports that two officers fired their guns and the victim was hit “multiple times.”
Cochrane RCMP shot and killed a man on December 6, 2019. Police claim that they were called to a home in the town outside of Calgary over concerns about a man and his partner. They also claim that when they arrived the man barricaded himself inside the home and did not respond to commands to come out. It is reported that a police negotiator was brought on scene as well.
Few details have yet been released and police statements have not been confirmed publicly. RCMP say vaguely that “alternate means were deployed to force the man out,” but at that point the man was shot by an officer. The victim was removed from the scene in life-threatening condition, but died on the way to a hospital in Calgary.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has identified 44-year-old Wade Vanderwal as the man shot and killed by Huron OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) in Exeter, Ontario, on December 3, 2019.
According to the SIU, emergency crews were called to a house fire on Simcoe Street at about 6:30 PM. The SIU reports that two officers of the Huron OPP fired their weapons, striking the victim multiple times, killing him.
The SIU has assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to examine the killing.
A 30-year-old man has died after being tasered by Peel Regional Police in Mississauga, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area), during an aggressive arrest. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates cases of polce harm to civilians in Ontario, Peel Regional Police say they were called to Runningbrook Drive in Mississauga at around 3:15 AM on report of a “suspicious male causing a disturbance.” Officers allegedly encountered the man in the backyard of a residence and, according to the SIU, some type of “struggle ensued.”
SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon reports: “As part of the struggle, several use-of-force options were used, including the deployment of a conducted energy weapon.” The man was taken into custody and soon after lost consciousness. According to Hudon, the victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly around 4:19 AM.
No other details have yet been released publicly, including the nature of force or compliance measures used by police against the victim during the fatal encounter and arrest.
This is the second death in Mississauga in months involving conducted energy weapons. The SIU is still investigating the death of a 34-year-old man when police used a stun gun against him on September 10, 2019. These are not “non-lethal” weapons as has been shown in numerous cases.
A 48-year-old man was shot to death by a Lennox and Addington OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) officer in Stone Mills, northwest of Kingston, Ontario, on the evening of November 12, 2019. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, a passerby noticed a vehicle in the ditch in the area of 5 Lake Road and County Road 14 at around 6:00 PM. The SIU report that the passerby called 911 and an OPP officer responded.
According to the SIU, the officer “became involved in an interaction with the man” and, at some point during that interaction, fired his gun multiple times. The victim was struck several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other details have been provided publicly, including the nature of the police interaction with the man or why the officer decided to shoot and shoot to kill.