No charges have been laid after an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer discharged an Anti-riot Weapon Enfield (ARWEN) at a 15-year-old youth in Kenora last April.  

On the evening of April 19, 2021, Kenora OPP received a call about a robbery at a downtown Kenora restaurant and attended the scene.  After an interaction, one officer discharged ARWEN, a firearm that discharges plastic projectiles. The youth was struck with the projectile and was transported to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital for assessment. 

ARWEN cartridges courtesy of the SIU.

In a statement released today, The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, stated that the investigation “found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police Officer committed a criminal offence for firing an Anti-riot Weapon Enfield”.

ARWEN projectiles courtesy of the SIU.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm. Their work will consider whether the officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.