SIU Investigates in Owen Sound
Case Number: 05-OCD-041
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On April 3, 2005, Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) officers arrested Mr. Orser on an outstanding warrant. At approximately 6:25 p.m. that date, he was lodged in a cell at police headquarters. At approximately 1:35 a.m. on April 4, 2005, Mr. Orser was found to be in medical distress. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
As part of the investigation, SIU investigators will be attending the post mortem examination scheduled for today. The SIU has also designated one subject and nine witness officers from the OSPS.
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.