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News Release

SIU Investigates in Owen Sound

Case Number: 05-OCD-041

Mississauga (5 April, 2005) --- Six investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are in Owen Sound to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of 49-year-old Mark Orser.

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. 

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