Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Walker 2015

Bureau du coroner en chef

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario

Surname: Walker
Given Name(s): Malcolm Dean
Age: 39

Held at: 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto, Ontario
From: February 9
To: February 17, 2015
By: Dr. J. Carlisle, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Malcolm Dean Walker
Date and time of death: June 8, 2013 at 6:40 hours
Place of death: Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the abdomen
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson)

The verdict was received on February 17, 2015
Coroner's name: Dr. J. Carlisle
(Original signed by coroner)

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

Inquest into the death of:

Malcolm Dean Walker

Jury Recommendations

Recommendations to Toronto Police Service and Toronto Police College:

  1. Emphasize in training the importance of officers regularly broadcasting their status, especially in the face of evolving and emergent circumstances, so that dispatch and other units are properly informed and can commit additional resources as deemed necessary. To that end, the Toronto Police Service and/or the Toronto Police College should implement the use of actual or dummy radios in all dynamic/simulation training.

To the Toronto Police Services Board and to the Chief of Police:

  1. Extend the time that new constables spend with a coach officer beyond 10 weeks.
  2. The Toronto Police Services Board should take steps to ensure that a Conducted Energy Weapon be available on scene as a less lethal use of force option when there is a report of an individual who appears to be prepared to use a potentially dangerous weapon. Simultaneously, further studies should be conducted to assess the risks and benefits of deploying additional Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) to frontline police constables.