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.
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”.
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.