Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit are investigating an incident involving officers with the Kenora OPP, after a youth was struck with an anti-riot weapon and taken to the hospital.

The SIU says last night at 7:15 p.m., officers with the Kenora OPP received a call about a robbery at a downtown Kenora restaurant and attended the scene. A short time later, officers located a 15-year-old person of interest in an alleyway between 5th Avenue South and 6th Avenue South.

After an interaction, one officer discharged an Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield, known as an ARWEN, a firearm that discharges plastic projectiles. The youth was struck with the projectile and was transported to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital for assessment.

Arwen ARWEN cartridges courtesy of the SIU. 

The SIU states the youth did not sustain serious injury, but their mandate is invoked whenever an officer discharges an ARWEN, which is classified as a firearm.

ARWENARWEN projectiles courtesy of the SIU. 

Three investigators have been assigned to the case, along with one subject official and two witness officials. Anyone with any information about the case, or who may have video evidence related to the incident, is asked to contact the SIU’s lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm. Their work will consider whether the officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.