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News Release

SIU Terminates Woodstock Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OOD-313

Mississauga, ON (15 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 31-year-old woman in Woodstock last month.

At approximately 1:40 a.m. on October 24, 2018, Woodstock Police Service and Emergency Medical Services responded to a residence in the area of Dundas Street and Springbank Avenue for a suspected drug overdose. Upon arriving, officers located an unconscious female. A family member informed that he had administered three doses of naloxone to the woman. Officers commenced CPR on the woman and administered naloxone to her. She was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Director Loparco said, “The woman had overdosed prior to the police arrival on the scene and the conduct of the police officers on scene in no way contributed to her death. 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