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News Release

Man’s Death in Chatham a Result of Him Shooting Self; SIU Determines No Charges to Issue

Case Number: 17-OCD-190

Mississauga, ON (25 September, 2018) ---
Shortly before midnight on July 25, 2017, a woman contacted the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) to notify them that her 52-year-old common-law partner was accessing firearms located in their home. Officers attended the residence and contained the surrounding area. Officers attempted to engage with the man but there was no response. When the officers finally decided to enter the home, they found the man, deceased. The immediate cause of death was determined to be a ‘gunshot wound to the head’. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any CKPS officer in relation to the man’s death. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports. 

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, 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