MARKHAM Shooting — The 35-year-old man was shot and killed in a parking lot of a Markham shopping center almost a year ago, but Ontario’s police inspector has determined that no charges are necessary against a York Regional Police officer. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) head Joseph Martino stated in a report that he has found “no reasonable grounds” to think that the cop who shot and killed Moses Erhirhie on January 21, 2022, committed a crime. East of Fairburn Drive and south of Highway 7 is where the shooting took place.
According to the investigation, the cop shot Erhirhie up to three times before he was carried to the hospital and confirmed dead. Gunshot wounds to the torso were found to be the cause of death. According to the SIU, the officer did not consent to having his notes released and declined to be interviewed. According to the research, there are still many unanswered questions regarding this tragedy. It continues, “In the final analysis, given the speed with which events unfolded and the volatility of the situation, I am unable to reasonably conclude that the [officer] acted without justification for deciding in the heat of the moment to meet a threat of grievous bodily harm or death with a resort to lethal force of his own,” Martino writes that although it is tragic that the complainant passed away, “there is no basis for moving forward with criminal charges in this case.”
The SIU reported that on January 22, 2022, at around 9:15 p.m., a York Regional police officer on patrol “came upon” a guy outside a vehicle in the shopping center parking lot. According to the press announcement, there was an interaction and the man was shot. According to the SIU, the woman in the car was detained by police in connection with a crime involving a handgun while the male was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away. She was unharmed. Erhirhie’s relatives expressed their concerns over the shooting and questioned why he was shot to death. They claimed to have questioned whether Erhirhie’s race would have made a difference in how the situation played out.
His sister, Edith Erhirhie, said at the time, “I think automatically when you’re a person of color and you have an interaction with police … they have a preconceived notion about you,” According to the report, the SIU found evidence that implies Erhirhie entered the parking lot at around 9:15 p.m. in a white Hyundai Elantra with a girl seated in the front seat. In front of a snow bank, he came to a stop. He exited the vehicle and what seemed to be urination. A police cruiser in full uniform entered the parking lot and halted close to the vehicle.
According to the report, Erhirhie got out of the car and approached the officer on the driver’s side. He then made an attempt to open the door. According to the report, “The two grappled with one another for several seconds,” The officer was reportedly pursuing Erhirhie when he managed to escape and flee. He went back and forth to the Elantra. When the police attempted to remove Erhirhie from the vehicle, it started to accelerate and hit a snowbank. The driver’s side door was still ajar when the female exited the vehicle.
The report continues, “During this period. the [officer] extricated himself from the driver compartment of the Hyundai and discharged his firearm once, and, likely, up to three times at the complainant,” According to the report, the complainant looked to be trying to get out of the Hyundai through the open front passenger door when he was hit by one or more gunshots and fell to the ground. According to the complaint, the officer approached the automobile’s passenger side and held the car at gunpoint for over two minutes before further officers arrived. Erhirhie was given CPR by the officers before being brought to the hospital. According to the report, a gun was discovered within the bag Erhirhie wore over his chest.
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