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News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Woodstock

Case Number: 17-OOD-208

Mississauga, ON (11 August, 2017) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man in Woodstock.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Ontario Provincial Police requested the assistance of the Woodstock Police Service (WPS) in locating a man.
  • A WPS officer was able to speak with the man by phone.
  • At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, the man was located in a vehicle parked outside the Woodstock General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident.

At this time, five officers from WPS have been designated – one subject officer and four witness officers. The post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in London.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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