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News Release

SIU Terminates Parry Sound Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-POD-285

Mississauga, ON (10 October, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death last month of a 61-year-old man in Parry Sound.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on September 22, 2018, the man suddenly collapsed on a downtown Parry Sound sidewalk, in the area of James Street and Seguin Street. Two citizens attracted the attention of a police officer and requested assistance for the man. One of the citizens notified the officer that the man had just exited a nearby treatment centre. Due to the man being pulseless and with ineffective efforts at respirations, the officer administered one dose of his Narcan nasal spray.  The man was subsequently transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Director Loparco said, “Based on the medical evidence, the man appears to have suffered a major cardiac event which led to his death. While the officer appropriately assessed the situation and administered naloxone in an effort to resuscitate the man, the administration of naloxone was ultimately harmless to the man. 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