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News Release

File Closed without Charges in Death of Mississauga Man

Case Number: 15-OCD-249

Mississauga, ON (6 September, 2016) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit has decided against criminal charges in an incident in which Peel Regional Police officers responded to a residence where a 58-year-old man committed suicide.

Five investigators and two forensic investigators were assigned to this incident.

The SIU interviewed three civilian witness and four witness officers.  One subject officer submitted to an SIU interview and provided a copy of his duty notes.  The second subject officer did not participate in an SIU interview and did not provide a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right.
 
The SIU investigation found the following:
  • Just before 8:00 p.m. on October 27, 2015, Peel Regional Police received a call about a man who was armed with knives and had threatened two family members before they fled a home on Glen Erin Drive south of Britannia Road.
  • Officers responded, as did the Tactical and Rescue Unit (TRU).  
  • As the incident involved weapons and a potentially barricaded individual, the officers planned to contain the scene and wait for an opportunity to arrest the man.
  • The plan changed when officers learned the man was suicidal.  At that point, TRU officers entered the house.
  • Using a “scout recon” robot, the man was located in the basement of the home.  Officers and paramedics attempted to revive the man.
  • He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.     
 
Acting Director Joseph Martino said, “It is apparent on this record that the police conducted themselves professionally throughout the events in question and did what they could to protect the man and his family.  The TRU team was mobilized with dispatch and at the home within minutes of the call to police.  At the scene, they proved themselves flexible - adapting their plans quickly to changing circumstances, and resourceful - skilfully deploying a robotic reconnaissance device to assist in their rescue operation.  In the final analysis, though they were unable to prevent the man from taking his life, I am satisfied that the involved officers exercised a level of care in their tactics and conduct that fell well within the limits prescribed by the criminal law.  Accordingly, this file is closed with no charges laid.”

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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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897