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News Release

SIU Investigates Incident in Peterborough County

Case Number: 07-PCD-246

TORONTO (9 December, 2007) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances of an incident in which two people have died in Peterborough County.

Earlier this morning, Durham Regional Police Service officers were following a silver Acura SUV in relation to an attempted homicide that occurred in London. At approximately 4:45 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Peterborough County detachment were called to assist as the SUV traveled north on Highway #115 into the OPP's Peterborough County area.

The SUV went over a police spike belt south of Hwy #7A and continued traveling northbound on Hwy #115. Shortly afterwards, the driver of the SUV lost control and went into a ditch. OPP officers approached the car and found there were two people inside the car. Both of them appeared to be suffering from fatal gunshot wounds.

Eight SIU investigators are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths to determine what role, if any, the police played. SIU investigators are in the process of confirming the identification of the male driver and female passenger. The investigation is continuing.

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