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News Release

Man’s Death in Windsor Attributed to Smoke Inhalation and Other Factors; No Criminal Charges Warranted

Case Number: 16-OCD-161

Mississauga, ON (17 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Windsor Police Service officer in relation to the death of a 47-year-old man in June of 2016 in Windsor. Prior to police arriving at the man’s residence, the man had set a fire in his home. The Director found that police officers risked their safety – despite the hazards – in an attempt to save the man’s life.
The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. It can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports.

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