Officers who killed suspect during hostage situation won't be charged, SIU says

VAUGHAN - Ontario's police watchdog says it will not charge officers who fatally shot a 25-year-old man during a hostage-taking at a bank at Vaughan.

It happened on December 13, 2017, just before 1 p.m., at an RBC branch located within a plaza at Dufferin and Major Mackenzie.

The SIU says a man armed with what appeared to be a bomb and a semi-automatic handgun walked into the bank and took employees and customers as hostages.

The SIU report says the suspect threatened to detonate a bomb, and made an employee tie her co-workers to chairs.

The report also says the suspect was in the bank for about an hour and asked a customer to call police and inform them that he was requesting crystal meth and to put U.S. President Donald Trump on the phone.

The SIU says York regional police reported that authorization was given to ``eliminate the threat'' posed by the suspect, and he was shot and killed by police.

SIU director Tony Loparco wrote in the report that he found the lethal force used was justified and there is no need to lay charges.