SIU says no ground to lay charges against OPP officers who fired anti-riot weapon at Georgian Bay boater

Police were told the man on the boat was in crisis

The province’s Special Investigations Unit says there are no reasonable grounds to believe two OPP officers committed a criminal offence in connection with firing Anti-riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) rounds toward a man on a boat in Georgian Bay.

The SIU says that on May 28, 2022, two officers approached the man’s boat to arrest him under the Mental Health Act. They had information from his wife and others that he was in crisis and in possession of several firearms. As they approached the man in their police vessel, the officers attempted to negotiate with the man to surrender and raise his hands. The SIU says he refused and retrieved his rifle. Both officers fired their less lethal weapons, and the man was arrested and not injured. None of the rounds struck the man.

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