Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Osawe 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario

Surname: Osawe
Given Name(s): Eric Aiyevbekpen
Age: 26

Held at: 25 Morton Shulman Avenue, Toronto
From: September 12
To: September 20, 2016
By: Dr. John Carlisle, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Eric Aiyevbekpen Osawe
Date and time of death: September 29, 2010 at 1:55 a.m.
Place of death: St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
Cause of death: Penetrating gunshot wound to back
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)

The verdict was received on September 20, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. John Carlisle
(Original signed by coroner)

We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:

Inquest into the death of:

Eric Aiyevbekpen Osawe

Jury Recommendations

To the Toronto Police Service:

  1. The Toronto Police Service should continue their current research into available weapon systems and equipment, and their use, to ensure that they are aware of the latest developments regarding safety measures and training to minimize the risk of unintentional discharge of weapons issued to officers.
  2. Incorporate a training module into the Basic Tactical Operators Course to teach incoming officers about the risk of unintentional discharge. The module should highlight the possibility of interaction between the equipment worn or carried by an officer and the safety selector and trigger of the various weapons systems used by the ETF. The module should also refer to specific real-world instances of unintentional discharges experienced at the ETF and the significant consequences of those events.
  3. To the extent resources and operational needs permit, the Toronto Police Service should continue to emphasize the value of having dedicated "hands-free officers" (i.e., officers not carrying long guns) included in ETF teams conducting dynamic entries to minimize the risk of accidental discharge associated with long guns.