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News Release

SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Mattawa

Case Number: 12-PCD-089

Mississauga (30 April, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with any criminal offence in relation to the death of a 56-year-old man in March of 2012.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  Four witness officers and one civilian witness were interviewed.  Based on the interviews, physical evidence and post-mortem examination, no subject officer was designated.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012:
• At approximately 12:15 p.m., the OPP received a call regarding a suicidal male with a weapon in a residence on Martel Road.  Officers were dispatched to the home.  They secured the area and kept the residence under observation.  Later, the Emergency Response Team, the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and a hostage negotiator were dispatched. 
• Attempts to contact the man by phone were made, but were unsuccessful.
• At 6:26 p.m., a loud bang was heard coming from within the residence.
• At 10:31 p.m., TRU officers entered the home where they found the man deceased on a bed in a second floor bedroom.  He had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Director Scott said, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any involved officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of the man.  All indicators support the conclusion that he died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound in his bedroom while the ERT and TRU Teams had his residence under containment.”

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. 

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