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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man in Rideau Township

Case Number: 17-PCD-136

Mississauga, ON (18 September, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident where a 43-year-old man sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound in June of 2017. The man succumbed to his injuries days later.

A preliminary investigation found the following:
  • In the afternoon hours of June 3, 2017, an Ontario Provincial Police officer with the Rideau Lakes detachment contacted the man by phone to advise him of pending charges. The officer advised the man to turn himself in, and told the man he would be released on an undertaking.
  • At 3:20 p.m., the man called 911 and reported that he had shot himself.
  • Police officers and paramedics were dispatched to the man’s home, where he was located in nearby bushes.
  • He was transported to the Ottawa Civic Hospital by air ambulance, and underwent surgery.
  • The man succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m. on June 9, 2017.
  
Director Tony Loparco said, “A post-mortem examination confirmed that the man died as a result of complications from a gunshot to the chest. When the man shot himself, no police officer was present. As such, there being no evidence that any police officer was responsible for the man’s death, this investigation has been terminated.”    

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