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Police Service Dog Bit Man, but Due to No Serious Injuries, SIU Terminates London Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-339

Mississauga, ON (9 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the December 2015 arrest of a 34-year-old man in London. The man notified the SIU of this incident on November 21, 2018, at which time an investigation was commenced.   

On December 24, 2015, London Police Service officers attended a residence for a domestic situation. When the 34-year-old man refused the officers entry and would not present himself as requested, officers gained entry through another door. The man fled to the second floor where he was located by an officer with a police service dog. During the arrest, the man was bitten by the dog and he sustained lacerations. 
 
Director Loparco said, “The medical records indicate that the injuries to the man were not serious. 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