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No criminal reports due to fatal shootings by hostages taken at Vaughan bank, says SIU

The Ontario police chief's chief has decided that no criminal record will be filed regarding the assassination of an armed man who held a dozen people as a hostage while trying to rob Vaughan's bank in December last year.

A killer, 25, entered the Canadian Royal Canadian branch at Corner of Major MacKenzie Drive West and Dufferin Street with what appeared to be a bomb in the afternoon of December 13, 2017, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) said.

"He wore a backpack bag and warned the bank that he had explosives in the bag and attached it to his body," the SIU report found.

He ordered everyone to lie on the floor and seemed armed with a semi-automatic gun.

The man then closed the bank entrance and ordered the worker to catch all.

The reports say the man ordered the buyer to call 911 and notify the police "unless they did [they] he delivered the quantity of the highest quality "crystal metal" on his back and put President Donald Trump on the phone with him, he would detonate the explosive carrying the body. "

The SIU director found that no criminal charges would be filed against four police officers who fired and murdered the killer in December last year. (Makda Ghebreslassie / CBC News)

When the officers arrived at the scene, the regional police in York said they needed a "deadly force" to gain control of the situation inside the bank, swaying on the secondary door to get as many employees and patrons as they could shoot.

"The situation at the bank was volatile and dangerous," says SIU in the report.

According to the police, the man took 13 hostages during heavy terrorism, pointing out that officers had been granted clearance to "remove threats" when they managed to "get a clear and unhindered firing".

Four officers fired at the man in the head, SIU said, saying he had no chance of returning a shot or explosion. He died at the scene.

The officers worked to preserve many lives: SIU

Eight SIU investigators and four forensic investigators investigated 15 witnesses and six other officers to determine whether there was enough evidence to raise charges against the officers.

"It would be stupid and inevitable that policemen risk lives not only to 13 hostages but also to many others in the area who could be injured or killed, waiting to see if the shoot was actually fired from the gun in the prosecutor's possession," the director said SIU's Tony Loparco.

"I think the risk was not the one the police should take."

According to the Criminal Code, Loparco said, "officers acted to preserve the lives of many," and therefore the use of lethal force was justified.

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