Ontario’s police watchdog says there is “no basis” to lay charges against a Peel Region officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man in his Brampton, Ont., home earlier this year.
The Special Investigations Unit says the officer who shot D’Andre Campbell had reason to believe he was acting in self-defence.
Agency director Joseph Martino’s report says Campbell was experiencing a mental health episode on April 6, when he had called 911 about a dispute in the home.
Martino says the officer told Campbell to drop a knife when he entered the kitchen, and Tasered Campbell after the man took steps towards himself and another officer.
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The officer then physically struggled with Campbell and a second officer Tasered him again.
The report says Campbell was still holding the knife when he stood up and “within seconds,” the officer who first Tasered Campbell shot him twice in the abdomen.
Martino says the officers could have handled Campbell’s known mental health issues better, but he says that falls outside the scope of his agency’s mandate.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 14, 2020.