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News Release

SIU Updates Burlington Investigation

Case Number: 05-PVD-018

Mississauga (18 February, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man in Burlington.

The deceased has been identified as Pierre Payette.

On February 16, 2005, at approximately 7:30 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Burlington detachment responded to a call of a male pedestrian walking along the QEW highway near Guelph line. The officer located Mr. Payette and a short time later, a car traveling eastbound on the highway struck Mr. Payette.

A post mortem examination for Mr. Payette is scheduled for today.

As part of the investigation, the SIU has designated one subject and three witness officers from the OPP. The Unit is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529.

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