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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Chatham Interaction

Case Number: 18-OCI-314

Mississauga, ON (25 October, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an injury sustained by a 27-year-old man yesterday in Chatham.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 3 a.m. on October 24, 2018, Chatham Kent Police Service officers observed a man riding a bike in the area of Patteson Avenue and Inshes Avenue. 
  • When officers attempted to stop the man to investigate, the man came off his bike and fled on foot into residential backyards. 
  • With the help of a police service dog, officers were able to locate the man and arrest him.
  • He was taken to hospital for treatment of an injury.

At this time, two investigators have been assigned to this incident. One subject officer and six witness officers have been designated.

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