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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man in St. Catharines

Case Number: 18-OCD-019

Mississauga, ON (1 June, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 27-year-old man in St. Catharines in January of 2018. 

In the morning hours of January 26, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers attended a pharmacy at 120 Welland Avenue in St. Catharines in response to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers saw an employee attempting to subdue the man as he was trying to consume methadone. Officers took over, and were able to handcuff him. Paramedics transported the man to hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He was induced into a coma and treated for a drug overdose. The man passed away the following day.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that the police conduct did not have anything to do with the man’s death. The post-mortem examination indicated the man’s cause of death was methadone toxicity and revealed no anatomical cause of death. 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