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News Release

SIU Lays Charges against OPP and London Police Officers in Relation to Death of Woman

Case Number: 16-PCD-229

Mississauga, ON (13 July, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has caused charges to be laid against two police officers in relation to the September 2016 death of 39-year-old Debra Chrisjohn.

The SIU investigation found the following: 
  • In response to calls made to 911 in the late afternoon hours of September 7, 2016, London Police Service (LPS) officers were dispatched to the area of Trafalgar Street and Highbury Avenue North.
  • Ms. Chrisjohn was arrested by LPS, and transferred on an outstanding warrant into the custody of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Elgin County detachment. 
  • At 7:52 p.m., Emergency Medical Services transported Ms. Chrisjohn to St. Thomas Hospital.
  • Ms. Chrisjohn was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m.

As a result of the SIU investigation, OPP Constable Mark McKillop and LPS Constable Nicholas Doering are each facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
  • One count of criminal negligence causing death, contrary to section 220(b); and 
  • One count of failing to provide the necessaries of life, contrary to section 215(2)(b).

The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on July 31, 2017. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342