No charges will be laid in Cannington shooting death

The DRPS has announced that charges will not be laid in the shooting death of a Cannington man back in April.

A press release issued by the force Friday (June 29) indicates that the incident has been deemed a ‘non-culpable homicide’ by investigators.

“The investigation revealed that a resident of the Hillside Crescent home was defending himself from a violent situation when he shot and killed the 38-year-old male on April 20, 2018. The circumstances involved are not criminal in nature and no charges are being laid, a determination that is supported by the Crown Attorney’s office. The incident will be recorded as a non-culpable homicide – a death not criminal in nature, caused by accident or self defence,” it reads.

Police were called to a residence on Hillside Crescent for shots fired around 1 a.m. on April 20. Arriving at the home, officers located 38-year-old Brian Shane Windsor, a man who resides at the residence, with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

While police took another male resident into custody, they confirmed on April 23 that charges have not been filed and the man who was taken into custody initially had been released.

On the day of the shooting, the Voice contacted several residents on Hillside Crescent who said that the home in question was well known to police.

One woman, who asked not to be identified, said she heard a commotion around 1 a.m.

“We moved here in 2016 and then we figured out the goings-on at that house. Between complaints of constant barking from their dogs, domestic fights and suspected drug dealing, it’s been a pain on the crescent for some time,” she said.

“Police have been called there more than once.”

Anyone with new information about the case is asked to contact Det. Dennis of the Major Crime Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5402 or D/Cst. Pillman at ext. 2726.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.


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