The death of Sammy Yatim occurred early in the morning of July 27, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Yatim, an 18-year-old Toronto male armed with a pocketknife, was shot at nine times, and was hit by eight of the shots fired by 30-year-old Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer James Forcillo. He later died from the injuries. The incident occurred after Yatim, brandishing a 12 cm (4.7 in) switchblade knife in a Toronto streetcar, advanced on a passenger, threatened other passengers, and exposed himself. The confrontation between Yatim and the police was recorded and footage of it was released publicly, prompting strong reactions across Canada.
An Ontario court has dismissed Toronto police Const. James Forcillo's appeal of his attempted murder conviction in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. In the same decision, it opted to uphold his six-year prison sentence. In 2016, the trial judge sentenced Forcillo to six years in prison following an unusual verdict by the jury. It found Forcillo not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of attempted murder, in the death of the 18-year-old who was holding a knife inside an empty streetcar in the early morning hours of July 27, 2013.
Sammy Yatim was fatally wounded by three shots and was dying on the floor as Const. James Forcillo fired six more shots into him
For the first time in the courtroom, the nine loud gunshots rang out. They were repeated several times as the Crown played video and audio recordings taken on the night Const. James Forcillo shot Sammy Yatim on an empty Dundas streetcar shortly after midnight on July 27, 2013.
The Toronto police officer was found guilty of attempted murder in 2016 and sentenced to six years in prison. Ontario’s top court has dismissed the appeal of a Toronto police officer who was convicted of attempted murder in the fatal 2013 shooting of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar. Const. James Forcillo had fired two separate volleys at Sammy Yatim, an 18-year-old who was wielding a small knife, in an incident that was caught on video and sparked public outrage.