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News Release

SIU Terminates Port Hope Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OOD-184

Mississauga, ON (27 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the June 2018 death of a 48-year-old man in Port Hope.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. on June 17, 2018, two Port Hope Police Service officers were dispatched to a medical assistance call at a residence in the County Road 2 and Marsh Road area. Upon arrival, the officers entered the home and located a woman performing CPR on an unconscious man. The woman informed the officers that she had administered naloxone to the man. One of the officers administered Narcan nasal spray, and CPR was commenced. When paramedics arrived, they took over resuscitation attempts. The man was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Acting Director Martino said, “Neither of the involved officers caused or contributed to the man’s 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