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News Release

SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Pembroke

Case Number: 12-OCD-191

Mississauga (23 August, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer with the Pembroke Police Service with any criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 19-year-old man in July of 2012, and his subsequent death three days later.

The SIU assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The subject officer provided his duty notes but declined a SIU request for an interview, as is his legal right.  Three witness officers and four civilian witnesses were interviewed. 

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Sunday, July 1:
• Shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Pembroke Street East.
• Upon arrival at the apartment, officers saw a man covered in blood and bleeding heavily from the mouth.  He was aggressive with the subject officer, and was finally grounded with help from the other officers.  They handcuffed him and carried him down the stairs to the sidewalk.  He was transported to hospital by ambulance.
• The man succumbed to his injuries on July 4.

Director Scott said, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of the man.  The results of the investigation and in particular the post-mortem autopsy report make it clear that the man died of a self-inflicted wound that was caused prior to the arrival of the officers involved in this incident.”  

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