ONTARIO’S Special Investigations Unit has released its findings regarding a 2020 police interaction that ended with the death of Ejaz Choudry. The SIU has concluded its investigation and will be taking no further action.
According to Peel Regional Police, on June 20, 2020, at 5:09 p.m., police attended a residence on Morning Star Drive in Mississauga at the request of Peel Paramedics for a person in crisis call. With the help of an interpreter, communication was initiated with Choudry, who at that time had barricaded himself inside of the residence.
Officers maintained communication with Choudry and encouraged him to exit the residence to receive medical assistance. Just before 8 p.m., Choudry ceased all communication with emergency and medical services. Due to the lack of communications and his extensive and concerning medical history, the decision was made to enter the residence to check on his well-being.
While inside the residence, officers encountered Choudry who was in possession of a large knife. An interaction occurred and as a result, one of the officers discharged their firearm. Despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics who were on scene, life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, according to Peel Regional Police.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Choudry’s family and friends. The pain and grief felt in the community and within our organization has been profound,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “We recognize that more has to be done to support those in crisis, and police should not be the primary responders called upon to manage mental health calls. While we are addressing the growing needs for mental health support, we know that gaps still exist. I have been working with community stakeholders to address the growing need for mental health services in our Region. In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel/Dufferin, we are expanding our Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams (MCRRT) to enhance service for those in distress.”