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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction in St. Thomas between Police and Man

Case Number: 17-OCI-210

Mississauga, ON (13 October, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in July of 2017 between a 37-year-old man and a St. Thomas Police Service officer.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on July 24, 2017, the man – for whom there was an outstanding warrant – was walking along Axford Parkway. When a marked police vehicle pulled up close to the man, he ran away. The police officer exited the cruiser and gave chase. After a brief struggle, the man was arrested and taken to the police station. When the man complained of soreness, he was taken to hospital but no serious injury was diagnosed and he was released. 

The following day, the man had swelling in his neck and was taken to hospital. Surgery was done to remove a life threatening abscess from the left side of the man’s neck.

Director Loparco said, “The medical condition complained about and medically treated was unrelated to the man’s contact with police. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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