News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Arrest of Man at Guelph Plaza

Case Number: 20-OCI-159   

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Mississauga, ON (8 July, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest last week of a 32-year-old man in Guelph. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On the evening of June 30, 2020, Guelph Police Service officers were conducting an investigation in the parking lot of a plaza located at Willow Road and Dawson Road.
  • During that investigation, an interaction ensued between officers and several civilians.
  • A 32-year-old man who was involved in the altercation was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

At this time, two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video or photographic evidence related to this incident to upload those items through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342