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News Release

SIU Terminates Guelph Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OOD-218

Mississauga, ON (28 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the death last month of a 49-year-old man in Guelph.

In the early morning hours of July 21, 2018, Guelph Police Service officers responded to a medical assistance call at an apartment building in the area of Waterloo Avenue and Beechwood Avenue. A man had gone vital signs absent, and friends of the man had performed CPR on him and had administered nasal and injectable naloxone. Upon arrival, one of the officers provided his Narcan nasal spray to one of the friends to administer to the man while the officer took over CPR. Paramedics arrived soon after, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Acting Director Martino said, “By the time officers arrived, the man had been vital signs absent for some time and unresponsive to the attempts made by his friends and others to revive him, which included CPR and the administration of nasal and injectable naloxone. It is clear that none of the officers caused or contributed to the man’s death. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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