The provincial police watchdog has cleared OPP of wrongdoing after a Tecumseh man was shot following his mother’s 911 call claiming she was afraid her son would harm himself.
According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), on June 14, 2019, the mother of the 48-year-old man made the call and explained her son was “holed up with knives” in the bathroom of his Tecumseh home and was threatening to harm himself.
His mother told the 911 operator that her son struggled with mental health issues and she was unsure if he took his medication that day, the SIU report outlines. The mother said she believed her son may have taken illicit substances or alcohol.
OPP officers attended the home and negotiated with the man.
According to the report, the negotiations failed and the man charged out of the bathroom and stabbed an officer.
Several Tasers were shot at the man but none were effective, and he was eventually shot and killed by an officer.
SIU director Joseph Martino has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.