Special Investigations Unit clears Collingwood OPP following fatal 2020 shooting

Armed individual was repeatedly told to drop his gun

Collingwood OPP officers have been cleared of wrongdoing after a man was killed during a police interaction a year ago.

At about 12:30 p.m. on September 9, 2020, officers responded to a home on Third Street in Collingwood with reports a man in distress had barricaded himself inside a home. Just after police arrived, they say a man exited the home, armed with a shotgun.

Investigators say the man was repeatedly told to drop the weapon and when he failed to do so, an officer deployed a conducted energy weapon. When that failed to subdue the man, the officer drew his gun and fired.

Eleven shots were fired, eight struck the man. Officers administered first aid before paramedics took over and transported the man to hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m.

The subsequent Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probe determined the officer’s actions were justified. “Confronted by a seemingly operable firearm pointed in his direction, I am satisfied that the SO (subject officer) acted to thwart a threat of imminent death to himself and others,” said SIU Director Joseph Martino in his final report.