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News Release

SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Windsor

Case Number: 12-OCD-125

Mississauga (13 August, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge two Windsor Police Service officers with any criminal offence in relation to the death of a 22-year-old man in May of 2012.

The SIU assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident.  Both subject officers consented to be interviewed by the SIU and provided copies of their duty notes.  In addition, three witness officers and four civilian witnesses were interviewed.  The post mortem report, which was crucial to the outcome of the investigation, was received by the SIU on August 7, 2012.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Thursday, May 3:
• Shortly after 11:00 a.m., the subject officers were dispatched to Jacob Street regarding a man who was acting erratically. 
• When the first subject officer arrived, he was directed into the backyard of a residence where he saw a man wearing only a tee shirt and underpants, on his knees clawing at the grass. He was moaning and sweating profusely.  The officer called an ambulance.  The man lay down on the ground and appeared to lapse into unconsciousness.  The second subject officer arrived.  They rolled the man onto his back and attempted to find a pulse.  They could not find one and began performing CPR on him.  Paramedics arrived, took over the compressions and transported him to Windsor Metropolitan Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after midnight. 
• A post-mortem examination was performed, and the pathologist concluded that the cause of death was acute methamphetamine toxicity associated with a state of excited delirium.   

Director Scott said, “In my view, there is no suggestion of inappropriate behaviour by the two subject officers.  They came upon a man who was clearly in a state of extreme medical distress.  They attempted to assist him by calling an ambulance and then performing CPR on him.  However, he succumbed to the ingestion of a toxic level of methamphetamine, notwithstanding the subject officers’ attempts to assist him.  On the basis of this investigation, the man was the sole author of his own misfortune.”     

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