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News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into Death in Lakeshore

Case Number: 05-PCD-184

TORONTO (9 December, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to investigate the nature of extent of police involvement in the death of 45-year-old Ken Reaume.

On December 7, 2005, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Essex County detachment responded to a home on 4000 Manning Road in Lakeshore after three people were shot during a domestic incident. Police secured and contained the area around the home while they tried to make contact with a person inside the home. At about 10:50 p.m., police entered the home and found Mr. Reaume dead.

A post mortem examination conducted yesterday determined Mr. Reaume died from a single shotgun wound to the head.

Four investigators, including two forensic identification technicians, from the SIU are independently investigating the police's actions in this incident to determine the nature and extent of police involvement in Mr. Reaume's death. As part of the probe, investigators have designated one subject and three witness officers from the OPP for interviews. The investigation is continuing with witness interviews and an analysis of the physical evidence.

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. 

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