Niagara Regional Police have charged two Hamilton paramedics with failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection with the shooting death of 19 year old Yosif Al- Hasnawi, a Brock University student who was shot while trying to help a man.


The incident that occurred  December 2nd, 2017 was witnessed by individuals that alleged EMS took too long treat the victim and get him to hospital and that paramedics accused Al-Hasnawi of exaggerating his injury and that he had been shot by a pellet gun. The young man later died in hospital.

Yosif Al- Hasnawi pictured below.


Niagara officers handled the investigation to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest. The city and Ontario Ministry of Health are also investigating the conduct of the paramedics.

Police have charged Steven Snively, 53, of Hamilton,  and Christopher Marchant, 29, of Whitby. Both face charges of failing to provide the necessaries of life. They are scheduled to appear in Hamilton court on Sept. 11.

Niagara Regional Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch commented on the lengthy investigation which started in January saying:

“This was a complex and intricate investigation that required the careful consideration of all available evidence to our investigative team. Our investigators carried out a fulsome investigation which consisted of an extensive canvass and interviews with over 60 witnesses. In the course of the seven month investigation, detectives examined numerous documents, video and audio recordings and consulted with healthcare professionals to help inform their investigative decisions. This was a very difficult and challenging case for our investigators, who will continue to work with the Crown Attorneys Office during the prosecution phase of this case as it proceeds through the Courts. While our investigation has concluded, we recognize that this continues to be a very tragic situation for the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences certainly go out to them.”

Two men are also facing charges in relation to Al-Hasnawi’s shooting. Dale Burningsky King, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder. James Matheson, 20, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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