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News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Barrie

Case Number: 18-OCD-289

Mississauga, ON (1 October, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 55-year-old man last week in Barrie.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On September 5, 2018, Barrie Police Service officers arrested the man and took him to the police station. While at the police station, the man went into medical distress.
  • Emergency Medical Services transported the man to hospital and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
  • At 11:04 p.m. on September 27, 2018, the man was pronounced dead.

At this time, one subject officer and one witness officer have been designated. The post-mortem is scheduled for today.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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