SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Hamilton
Case Number: 14-OCD-070
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- Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. that evening, HPS officers responded to an address on Woodman Drive North in Hamilton regarding a possibly suicidal man.
- HPS had also been notified by Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) that a woman, who was in a relationship with the man, had received photograph of a firearm via text message from the man and there was a concern that he was threatening to use it to harm himself.
- HPS officers set up a command post near the residence and the subject officer, an inspector, assumed overall command of the operation.
- Officers with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) were also called to the scene. In tandem with other officers, an inner perimeter was established around the home and pedestrian and vehicular traffic was controlled with an outer perimeter.
- A van containing ERU officers rolled up to the front of the residence at about 6:50 p.m. From here, one of the ERU officers assumed a lead role in attempting to communicate with the man.
- The officer repeatedly asked the man to exit the home. The man refused and instead asked that the woman contact him. The officer told him this was not likely to occur.
- This first conversation between the officer and the man ended at about 7:00 p.m.
- A short time later the officer again called and spoke with the man. Once again, the man asked to speak with the woman. He had sent her messages via text and phone but not received any response. As it turns out, the woman had attended the HRPS police station in Burlington where she was instructed by police to refrain from contacting the man. The officer explained to the man that he would not be able to speak with her.
- The officer confirmed with the man that he did in fact own a firearm.
- The officer again asked the man to leave the house peacefully and without harm to the man or any of the officers.
- The man refused and said he would contact the officer again in five minutes.
- This second conversation ended at about 7:10 p.m.
- The police continued to try to contact him by phone, text message and loudspeaker until approximately 9:00 p.m.
- With no response from the man, the subject officer became increasingly concerned for his well-being and approved a plan that would see ERU officers enter the residence.
- At 11:08 p.m. ERU officers located the man in a bedroom on the upper floor of the residence. He had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was deceased.
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.
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