SIU clears OPP officer after man injured in Marmora cabin shooting

This 37 mm ARWEN (less lethal weapon) was used by officers in the Marmora cabin incident in December, 2023. – SIU photo

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded their investigation regarding an incident in Marmora in December, where a 48-year-old man was shot after firing at officers from a cabin on Twin Sisters Lake Road.

In a media release, the the police watchdog says their director, Joseph Martino, “found no reasonable grounds to believe two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting of a 48-year-old man in Marmora.”

The man was shot on Dec. 14, 2023, after he shot at officers from the cabin.

“Earlier, the property owner reported to police that the man, believed to have access to guns, had threatened to burn the camp and he wanted police to remove him,” the media release explains. “The man fired a shotgun out an open window of the cabin.”

Officers spent “hours” attempting to negotiate, “to no avail.” As a result, one officer “fired a less-lethal weapon twice at the cabin’s windows.”

The man then fired his shotgun three times at officers. An officer returned fire, striking the man in the left shoulder. He exited the cabin and was taken into custody.

Director Martino was unable to reasonably conclude that the officer acted with excess when he chose to meet a threat of lethal force with a resort to lethal force of his own.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

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