SIU clears of­fi­cers who killed rob­ber


On­tario’s po­lice watch­dog says it will not charge of­fi­cers who fa­tally shot a 25-year-old man dur­ing a hostage-tak­ing at a Vaughan bank.

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit says that in De­cem­ber 2017, a man armed with what ap­peared to be a bomb and a semi-au­to­matic hand­gun walked into a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Vaughan and took the bank em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers as hostages.

The SIU re­port says the sus­pect threat­ened to det­o­nate a bomb. The sus­pect also made an em­ployee tie her co-work­ers to chairs.

The re­port also says the sus­pect was in the bank for about an hour.

The sus­pect asked a cus­tomer to call po­lice and in­form them that he was re­quest­ing crys­tal meth and to put U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on the phone.

The SIU says York Re­gional Po­lice re­ported that au­tho­riza- tion was given to “elim­i­nate the threat” posed by the sus­pect, and he was shot and killed by po­lice.

SIU direc­tor Tony Loparco wrote in the re­port that he found the lethal force used was jus­ti­fied and there is no need to lay charges.

The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that is au­to­mat­i­cally called in to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports in­volv­ing po­lice where there has been death, se­ri­ous in­jury or al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

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