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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in Mississauga after Determining Police Administration of Naloxone did not Contribute to Man’s Death

Case Number: 18-OCD-106

Mississauga, ON (25 April, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death of a 45-year-old man earlier this month in Mississauga. 

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 5, 2018, a call was made to 911 – from a storage locker in the area of Derry Road East and Rexwood Drive – reporting that a man was in medical distress. The 911 caller said he had administered naloxone and was performing CPR. Peel Regional Police officers arrived minutes later and commenced CPR on the man and administered Narcan nasal spray. When paramedics arrived, they took over treatment. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:14 a.m. on April 6, 2018.

Director Loparco said, “Our preliminary inquiries determined that the officers’ contact with the man consisted solely of attempting to save his life and their actions in no way contributed to his death. Accordingly, I have terminated this investigation.”

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