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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation in Burnt River Death

Case Number: 13-PCD-301

Mississauga (20 December, 2013) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the death of a 51-year-old man in Burnt River earlier this month, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kawartha Lakes Detachment, occurred on Monday, December 9, 2013. 

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 8:45 a.m. on December 9, a member of the deceased’s family notified OPP that he had received correspondence indicating that the deceased intended to commit suicide by driving his vehicle into Burnt River. An officer with the OPP responded and located the man’s vehicle at a boat launch near Third Concession and Cedarplank Road near Fenelon Falls.   Before the officer had an opportunity to take any action, the man drove his car down the boat launch into Burnt River.

Director Loparco stated, that “Although the OPP officer was on scene, his conduct did not impact the deceased’s actions in any way. Nor do I believe that the officer had any time to intervene in any way before the deceased acted.”

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. 

Jasbir Dhillon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342