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Ont. man who shot cop with crossbow before being killed, identified

By John Miner, The London Free Press

A police investigator removes a door ram and other items Monday from 56 Duchess Ave., the home where Samuel Maloney died in a clash with police last Friday. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

A police investigator removes a door ram and other items Monday from 56 Duchess Ave., the home where Samuel Maloney died in a clash with police last Friday. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

Ontario’s police watchdog has confirmed the identity of a man killed Friday in a confrontation with London police.

A Special Investigations Unit (SIU) spokesperson said the dead man was Samuel Maloney, 35.

An autopsy has been completed on Maloney, but results won’t be released until the SIU probe is complete, Jason Gennaro said Monday.

“We are not saying anything about it because that is evidence. I can only tell you that it is done,” he said.

Maloney died in a clash with police shortly after 6 a.m. Friday at his Duchess Avenue home.

One officer was wounded, reportedly shot by a crossbow.

A London police vehicle was parked Monday outside the red-brick bungalow surrounded by yellow police tape. An officer appeared to be retrieving police equipment, including a door ram, from the home in Old South.

The SIU assigned five investigators and three forensic specialists to investigate the shooting.

An arm’s-length provincial agency, the SIU investigates incidents of death or serious injury involving police.

In the case of the London shooting, the SIU said Monday it has designated three subject officers and 18 witness officers.

The designation suggests that three officers may have been involved directly in the shooting.

Maloney faced charges stemming from an incident in June at a London Buddhist temple. He was charged with obstructing police, two counts of assaulting police, mischief under $5,000 and failing to leave a premises.

Maloney was out of custody and making routine court appearances.

He was charged in 2007 with unsafe storage of firearms after police seized 13,000 rounds of ammunition and four loaded guns from his home.

The last fatal police shooting in London occurred in 2000 when David Melzer was killed during an 11-hour standoff at his parents’ home in Pond Mills. The standoff began when Melzer fired a shotgun in the house, wounding his mother and a friend.

The SIU continues to urge anyone with information about Friday’s incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1935.

Maloney’s common-law wife, Melissa Facciolo, 35, was arrested and spent Christmas in jail separated from her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter. She is charged with possessing a prohibited weapon.

A bail hearing has been set for Wednesday.

jminer@postmedia.com

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