SIU investigating ARWEN discharge in Prince Edward County

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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is currently investigating an incident that took place in the Picton area yesterday, in which an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 66-year-old man.

ARWENs are firearms that fire 37 mm less-lethal rounds, such as foam or plastic projectiles.

According to a release from the SIU, preliminary information suggests the following:

  • At approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jul. 23, 2023, police were called about the man after he was reportedly shooting a firearm on a property in the area of County Road 5 and County Road 6. 
  • Officers were dispatched, and they located the man armed with a gun.
  • An officer discharged an ARWEN at the man, striking him twice. A police service dog was also deployed.
  • The man was arrested and taken to hospital. The man did not suffer any serious injuries.

The SIU’s mandate was invoked because a police officer discharged an ARWEN, which is classified as a firearm, according to the release dated Monday, Jul. 24, 2023. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.

Anyone who may have information about this incident, including video or photos, is asked to contact the lead SIU investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

The SIU is an arm’s length civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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