THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~ December 23, 2022 (LSNews) In the evening of August 29, 2022, a team of Thunder Bay Police Service Emergency Task Unit officers was deployed to an address to assist with the arrest of a 24-year-old man who was wanted on arrest warrants for murder and attempted murder. The team set up containment around the address and used a loud hailer to ask the man to surrender. When the man exited the address and ran away, the officers gave chase. One officer fired his Anti-Riot Weapon EnField (ARWEN) three times in the man’s direction, but the man continued his flight. Another officer released his police service dog, which jumped on, and bit, the man.
The man was subsequently captured and arrested by the pursuing officers. It was not clear whether any of the ARWEN rounds fired by the officer struck the man. His reported injuries – abrasions and puncture wounds – seemed more likely to have been inflicted by the police service dog. Be that as it may, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who discharged the ARWEN comported himself other than within the limits of the criminal law.
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