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News Release

SIU Finds Police Made No Physical Contact with Man Prior to his Fall in a St. Thomas Nursing Home; No Criminal Charges to Issue

Case Number: 17-PCI-153

Mississauga, ON (18 September, 2018) ---
On the night of June 22, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police officers with the Elgin County detachment attended a nursing home in St. Thomas to deal with an 86-year-old resident who had become aggressive with staff members and was threatening them. Shortly after the police officers arrived, the man swung an item at them and subsequently lost his balance and fell to the floor. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured hip. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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