Steve Mesic disobeyed orders to drop a shovel while advancing within striking distance of two Hamilton police officers in the moments before the 45-year-old Hamilton man was fatally shot, the province’s Special Investigations Unit has revealed.
On Wednesday, the SIU announced there are no reasonable grounds to charge any Hamilton police officer with a criminal offence in relation to the June 7 shooting death.
The SIU report also states Mesic had apparently attempted to commit suicide earlier that day by stepping in front of a bus on the Jolley Cut and darting in front of vehicles on the Linc.
SIU director Ian Scott assigned seven investigators and four forensic investigators to probe the shooting. Two witness officers and 22 civilian witnesses were interviewed. Both subject officers provided the SIU with a copy of their duty notes and both consented to be interviewed by the SIU.
The full SIU news release is available online.
In a media release, Hamilton police say details about the incident can only come from the SIU.
“Respecting our oath of office, the obligations in law to our sworn duties and commitment to the open, public and ongoing legal process where these matters are to be heard, which will include a mandatory Coroner’s inquest, the Service will not be commenting in the media any further,” the release states.
In an emailed statement, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina expressed his condolences to Mesic’s family and fiancee, Sharon Dorr.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Steve Mesic, and most especially Sharon Dorr and their newborn child. They lost their loved one under tragic circumstances outlined in the findings released today. The mandated process has provided an explanation of the events that occurred that terrible day. Every effort has to be made on behalf of our residents, our police officers and our other service providers to support public safety and hopefully prevent other tragedies such as this. No one would have wanted to see Mr. Mesic’s life end this way.”
The mayor recently left the police services board, citing a conflict between his role on the board and sense of duty as mayor .