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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Death in Midland

Case Number: 18-POD-245

Mississauga, ON (21 September, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 31-year-old woman last month in Midland.

On the afternoon of August 19, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers with the Southern Georgian Bay detachment responded to a medical distress call at a residence in Midland. When the first officer arrived, another individual was already providing CPR to the 31-year-old woman who was not breathing and had no pulse. The officer took over CPR and administered Narcan spray. Emergency Medical Services arrived shortly after and continued CPR. The woman was transported to hospital where she was placed on a respirator. She died the following day.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence establishes that the woman was already in severe medical distress when the subject officer, and subsequently others, arrived and tried to save her life. As such, 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