SIU Investigating Ottawa Police Use of Non-Lethal Riot Weapon Against Man

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The Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate an Ottawa police officer’s use of a non-lethal projectile launcher against a 37-year-old man.

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Ottawa police were dispatched to a residence on Claremont Drive in Manor Park on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. “in relation to a man who violated his terms,” ​​the SIU said in a news release, which, according to the agency, was based on preliminary information. on the event.

The man refused to leave the residence and threatened to harm himself if officers entered.

After attempting to negotiate with the man, officers observed the man with a self-inflicted neck injury. An officer unloaded his ARWEN on the man, according to the SIU, and he was taken into custody and transferred to hospital.

“At this time, it does not appear that the man suffered any serious injuries as a result of the ARWEN deployment,” the SIU said.

ARWEN stands for Anti Riot Weapon Enfield. It’s a catch-all name for projectile launchers that fire smoke, chemicals, or “stun gun ammunition”, which “directs a precise, less-lethal strike at specific target areas to reduce the risks posed by human behavior,” according to Arwen Less Lethal, an Ontario company that manufactures the launchers.

Three SIU investigators and a forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. The SIU urges anyone who may have information about this investigation, including videos or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on. ca/en/appeals.php .

The SIU is a civilian oversight agency that investigates police incidents that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

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