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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Incident in Kitchener

Case Number: 05-OCD-050

TORONTO (14 April, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old man in Kitchener. Adam Steele died on April 12, 2005, after being apprehended by the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS).

The SIU was notified that at approximately 6:14 p.m., WRPS officers responded to the area of Fairway Road in regard to reports of a man acting strangely. Mr. Steele walked into Fairview Park mall and continued to behave in an unusual manner. Mr. Steele was subdued and taken into police custody. He was placed in a police cruiser and a short time later, showed no vital signs. Mr. Steele was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

SIU investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed Mr. Steele on Fairway Road, inside Fairview Park mall, or outside the mall in the custody of police, to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529 x 1988. Mr. Steele was wearing a dark t-shirt and dark jeans at the time of the incident.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342