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News Release

SIU Terminates London Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OOD-248

Mississauga, ON (26 September, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death last month of a 21-year-old man in London.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. on August 22, 2018, a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend was in medical distress at their home in the Huron Street and Adelaide Street North area. A London Police Service officer was the first to arrive, with other police officers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire arriving within minutes. The girlfriend informed the first officer on scene that she had given the man two doses of naloxone. With consent of EMS, the officer then administered another dose to the man. The emergency responders continued to work on the man and managed to regain a pulse. The man was transported to hospital and put in the intensive care unit. 

At 11:43 a.m. on August 25, 2018, the man was declared brain dead. A post-mortem was conducted three days later.

Director Loparco said, “The officer’s actions did not contribute to the man’s death in any way. Accordingly, 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