Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after Chatham-Kent police discharged a stun gun during an interaction with a man early Thursday morning in Chatham.
The 41-year-old man is in custody after paramedics determined he didn’t sustain a serious injury, the province’s Special Investigations Unit said in a statement.
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Chatham-Kent police officers found the man outside a Webb Street home after responding to a 911 hangup call at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday, the SIU said.
“Attempts were made to negotiate with the man and, during an interaction, a controlled energy weapon was deployed, followed by a less lethal round,” the SIU said.
Controlled energy weapons are commonly known as Tasers.
The SIU is an independent civilian agency that automatically investigates when police discharge a firearm at a person.
”A firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person,” the SIU said.
The agency also investigates cases of death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police.
Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the SIU director must consider whether the officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident, determine if a criminal charge will be laid and publicly report the results of the investigation.