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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Shooting Death in London

Case Number: 08-OCD-206

Mississauga (5 December, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers of the London Police Service committed any criminal offence in connection with the gunshot death of a local man.

"There is no evidence to suggest that the officers contributed to the death of the 50-year-old man, who died as the result of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head," concluded SIU Director Ian Scott.

On Tuesday September 30, 2008 at approximately 4:15 p.m., the London Police Service was called to a home on Millbank Drive about a missing man. During a search of the home and backyard, an officer spotted the man sitting on a chair inside a garden shed and holding a sawed-off shotgun. The officer drew his service pistol and called out several times for the man to drop the gun. He refused and the officer retreated to the rear of the home and called for backup. Within seconds, officers heard a single gunshot coming from inside the shed. The man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

During the course of the SIU investigation, two subject officers and four witness officers were interviewed as well as four members of the family.

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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342