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News Release

SIU Terminates Death Investigation in Oro-Medonte Township

Case Number: 18-PCD-108

Mississauga, ON (3 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 59-year-old man last month in Oro-Medonte Township.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 6, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers from the Barrie detachment attended a residence to do a compliance check on the man. At the front door, the officers spoke with the man and a family member. The man was given the option to go with the police officers at that time, or turn himself in the following day. The man chose the latter option, and the officers left. The following morning, a family member went into the basement and found that the man had hanged himself from the ceiling.
  
Director Loparco said, “The evidence makes clear that the conduct of the two officers in exercising their discretion to allow the man to attend the OPP detachment the next day rather than arresting him at the time of their contact with him, at his residence, can in no way, in these circumstances, make them legally responsible for the man taking his own life. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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