News Release

SIU Investigating Interaction Inside OPP Detachment in Orillia

Case Number: 18-PCI-003   

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Mississauga, ON (11 January, 2018) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an interaction between a 28-year-old man and Ontario Provincial Police officers inside the OPP Detachment in Orillia.  

Preliminary information suggests the following occurred:
  • Around 7:30 p.m. on January 2, 2018, a 28-year-old man entered the OPP Detachment in Orillia. 
  • Police officers determined there were outstanding warrants for the arrest of the man. 
  • During an attempt to arrest the man, there was a struggle between the police officers and the man.  A conducted energy weapon was discharged. 
  • The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a head injury.
    
Three investigators and one forensic investigator 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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342