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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Death of Peel Regional Police Officer

Case Number: 08-OCD-108

TORONTO (6 August, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the actions of police officers contributed to the death of a Peel Regional Police officer on June 13, 2008.

The body of the 41-year-old off-duty police officer was found inside his locked personal vehicle around 4:30 a.m. in a laneway of a farmer's field in Wellington County Roads 34 and 35 near Cambridge north of Highway 401.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that the 21-year veteran officer, a resident of Cambridge, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head. His service pistol was found in the vehicle.

"This is a tragic end to an unsuccessful and concerted effort made by several police officers and civilians to convince this man to surrender peacefully," concluded SIU Director James Cornish. "I can see no evidence that causes me to believe that any officers caused or contributed to this man's death; indeed, it appears to me that they did all they could to try to prevent it."

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