SIU Updates Investigation into Fatal Police Shooting in Guelph
Case Number: 15-OFD-098
Mississauga (22 May, 2015) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 36-year-old man this week in Guelph.
The man’s name is not being released at this time.
Preliminary information indicates the following:
- At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, officers with the Guelph Police Service were at the Guelph General Hospital when they encountered the man in the Emergency Department;
- There was an interaction between the officers and the man, and two officers discharged their firearms;
- The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
The SIU has assigned eight investigators and four forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. A postmortem was conducted yesterday in Hamilton. At this time, two subject officers and five witness officers have been designated.
Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2293.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations