SIU clears 2 Hamilton police officers after man shot dead at Cannon Street plaza

Two Hamilton police officers who killed a man outside a Cannon Street convenience store last summer have been cleared by the province's Special Investigations Unit.

A release issued Wednesday afternoon says SIU director Joseph Martino "has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man's death." The investigation found the man fired a shotgun before he was shot by police, the report says.

The SIU does not identify the man, but family have confirmed that he was 42-year-old Jason Peterson.

The shooting took place July 7, 2020. A woman called police at about 3:30 p.m. that day to report that her ex-boyfriend was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and holding her hostage at her home on Ottawa Street North, the SIU report says.

"She further reported that the complainant was … saying he wanted to die at the hands of the police," said the Wednesday report from the SIU.

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