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News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-involved Shooting Inside Hospital Emergency Room in Cobourg

Case Number: 17-OFD-313

Mississauga, ON (28 October, 2017) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred late last evening inside the emergency room in the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg.  

Preliminary information suggests the following occurred:
  • Around 11:00 p.m., Cobourg Police Service received a call for reports of gun shots inside the Northumberland Hills Hospital. 
  • A short time later, two police officers encountered a 70-year-old man inside the emergency room of the hospital.
  • There was an interaction and both police officers discharged their firearms.
  • The man was struck.  He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The body of a 76-year-old woman was also located at the scene.    
    
Six investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to investigate this incident. 

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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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897