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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Strathroy

Case Number: 17-PCD-333

Mississauga, ON (22 November, 2018) ---
On the night of November 11, 2017, a man was banging on the front door of the Strathroy OPP detachment. A police officer answered the door, and after seeing that the man was bleeding, the officer asked the man to wait as she went to retrieve her gloves. When the officer went back inside, the man headed to the roadway, and soon after was struck by a passing vehicle. He was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries months later. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the OPP officer in relation to the man’s death. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342