Barrie cop cleared by SIU in case in of woman who fractured skull

The SIU said the officer attempted to arrest the woman under the Mental Health Act

The province’s police watchdog has found no criminal wrongdoing in the case of a woman who sufffered a fractured skull.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said an officer attempted to arrest the 32-year-old under the Mental Health Act on April 4, 2023.

“The woman threatened officers with a drill and was struck by a conducted energy weapon discharge. She fell and suffered a serious injury,” the SIU said in a news release.

The SIU report said police received a call that a woman was running into traffic and pointing a battery-powered drill at nearby citizens.

According to the report, the incident began on Dunlop Street East and moved to Sampson Street, and finally, to Berczy Street where a taser was used on the woman causing her to fall backwards onto the pavement and striking her head, resulting in a fractured skull.

Before the officer discharged the conducted energy weapon, the SIU said police and Crisis Outreach and Support Team officers located the suspect and directed her to put down the drill and she refused.

After striking her head, the woman was transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre where was admitted for potential neurological injuries.

View the report here: