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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Death at Cambridge Motel

Case Number: 18-OOD-309

Mississauga, ON (15 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 41-year-old woman last month in Cambridge.

In the early morning hours of October 21, 2018, a man called 911 from a motel room and informed that his girlfriend had gone into medical distress. While on the phone with the communicator, the man administered naloxone to his girlfriend. Soon after, Waterloo Regional Police officers attended the Hespeler Road motel. One officer commenced CPR on the woman, and another officer administered naloxone to her. Upon arriving, Emergency Medical Services took over care of the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence establishes that the woman was probably deceased before the officers arrived on scene and that their actions in no way contributed to her death. 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