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Man’s Injury Caused When he Punched Cell Wall; SIU Terminates Investigation Involving Elgin County OPP Detachment

Case Number: 18-PCI-159

Mississauga, ON (22 June, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in May of 2018 by a 20-year-old man in Elgin County. 

On the morning of May 29, 2018, 911 received numerous calls regarding the driving behavior of an individual on Highway 401, near Dutton. An Ontario Provincial Police officer located the vehicle and arrested the man. The man was taken to the Elgin OPP detachment and lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the man began striking the cell bars with his head and he punched the cell block wall with both hands. Paramedics transported the man to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left hand.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence clearly establishes that the man’s injury was self-inflicted. As such, 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