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News Release

SIU Investigation Determines Police Did Nothing to Cause or Contribute to Man’s Death; Bolton Investigation Terminated

Case Number: 18-PCD-222

Mississauga, ON (7 September, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 43-year-old man in July of 2018.

At approximately 1:50 p.m. on July 23, 2018, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Caledon detachment attended the Giant Tiger store parking lot on Queen Street South in Bolton after receiving a call about a man inhaling a substance in a vehicle. The officer located the man in a vehicle, and quickly realizing that the man was in need of medical attention, the officer requested an ambulance. Upon their arrival, paramedics took control of the man’s care. The man was conscious and breathing at this time, and responded to questions from the paramedics. The man was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment. At about 4:30 p.m., the man was pronounced dead.

Acting Director Martino said, “While the cause of the man’s death has yet to be determined, it is evident on the record that the police did nothing to cause or contribute to his demise, much less is there any question following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries of any want of care on the part of the police prior to the paramedics’ arrival that could conceivably attract criminal liability. Accordingly, this investigation is terminated.”

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