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SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Interaction outside Ottawa Restaurant

Case Number: 18-OCI-045

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Mississauga, ON (21 February, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an injury sustained on the weekend by a 60-year-old man in Ottawa.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018, Ottawa Police Service officers attended the Boston Pizza located at 1055 St. Laurent Boulevard in response to a man making threats to restaurant staff.
  • An interaction between the man and officers took place both inside and outside the restaurant, and the man was subsequently arrested.
  • He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.

Two investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, four subject officers and six witness officers have been designated.

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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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