News Release

UPDATE: SIU Clarifies Timeline in Arrest in Sault Ste. Marie

Case Number: 16-OCI-085   

Mississauga, ON (8 April, 2016) ---
Following further investigation, the province’s Special Investigations Unit is clarifying the timeline surrounding the arrest of a 55-year-old man in Sault Ste. Marie.

Information now indicates the following:
  • Late in the evening on March 26, 2016, Sault Ste. Marie Police received a 911 call.
  • Officers responded to a residence.  There was a brief struggle with officers and a 55-year-old man was arrested for a breach of recognizance.
  • After the arrest, the man was taken to the Sault Area Hospital and treated.
  • In the early morning hours of March 27, 2016, the man was released from the hospital and taken back into police custody.
  • In the afternoon of March 27, 2016, following an appearance before a Justice of the Peace, the man was remanded into custody and transferred to the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre.
  • Mid-morning on March 28, 2016, the man was found in distress.  Correctional Officers escorted the man to the Sault Area Hospital where further tests found broken bones.
Three investigators have been assigned to this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. 

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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

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