Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

January 13, 2011 12:26 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: SIU Continues Investigation into Toronto Shooting

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 13, 2011) - A correction from source is being issued with respect to the release issued January 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM ET. "Richard Kachkar" was incorrectly spelled "Richard Kochkar". The complete and corrected version follows.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the firearm injuries sustained by a man during his arrest yesterday in the city's west end.

The SIU investigation to date has determined that officers of the Toronto Police Service's (TPS) Emergency Task Force (ETF) were in pursuit of a stolen snow plow that was wanted in connection with the earlier hit and run death of a Sergeant Ryan Russell. During the pursuit, the plow struck a number of occupied and parked vehicles. On Keele Street the plow struck an occupied car and then collided with a City of Toronto garbage truck. The ETF vehicles boxed the plow in. ETF officers approached the vehicle and made attempts to arrest the driver. During the arrest attempts were made to subdue him. It was at this time an officer between the plow and the garbage truck. An officer fired shots from his pistol. The driver was struck. He was subsequently taken into custody and transported to hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the stolen snow plow, 44-year-old Richard Kachkar, formerly of St. Catharines is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital.

The SIU has interviewed nine witness officers. Four civilian witnesses have been interviewed. 

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information regarding this case to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is an arm's length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation

  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid

  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Contact Information

  • SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
    Frank Phillips
    416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529