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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Death of Man Near Gravenhurst

Case Number: 12-POD-164

Mississauga (8 June, 2012) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the recent death of a 57-year-old Muskoka Lakes man, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation.  The incident, involving officers with the Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment, occurred on June 5, 2012. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator from the SIU probed the circumstances surrounding this incident.  The investigation determined that at approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 5, OPP officers responded to a residence on Southwood Road after receiving a call from a concerned female.  While speaking to the woman outside the residence, a single gunshot was heard from inside the home.  Around 9:00 p.m., members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit entered the  home and found a man deceased.  The post-mortem examination confirmed that the man died as result of a gunshot wound to the chest from a non-police issued firearm.  Notes found at the scene indicate the man wanted to harm himself.  At no point did police see or speak with the man.

On the basis of this investigation, there is no suggestion that any officer had any involvement with the deceased at the time the firearm discharge. Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

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