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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man in Courtland

Case Number: 18-PVD-094

Mississauga, ON (28 June, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man earlier this year in Courtland.

In the afternoon hours of March 31, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer noticed a vehicle on Simcoe Street in downtown Tillsonburg being operated in an erratic manner. The officer followed the vehicle, but after receiving instruction from a communication sergeant, the officer stopped following the driver and pulled over. Approximately four minutes later, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on April 8, 2018.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that no police officer was anywhere near the man at the time of his collision. The officer who had initially observed the man and followed him had lost visual contact approximately four to five minutes prior to the collision and in fact had been stationary for approximately three minutes at the time of the collision. 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