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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Serious Injury in Sarnia

Case Number: 17-OCI-194

Mississauga, ON (21 September, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a June 2017 incident which was reported to the SIU by a woman on July 26, 2017. 

A preliminary investigation found the following:
  • On June 18, 2017, a 67-year-old woman contacted 911 saying she was having thoughts of committing suicide. As a result, Emergency Medical Services and two Sarnia Police Service officers attended the woman’s residence.
  • The woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance and admitted. 
  • X-rays taken showed the woman had a back injury.
  
Director Tony Loparco said, “Once the woman was escorted into the ambulance by the paramedics, the police officers left her residence and did not attend the hospital. Once at the hospital, the woman complained of chest pains but of no other injuries. Based on the evidence, it is clear that the back injury sustained by the woman was not as a result of her interaction with any police officer. As such, 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