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News Release

The SIU Concludes Investigation into Incident in Waterloo Region

Case Number: 08-OCI-120

TORONTO (10 July, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers of the Waterloo Regional Police Service committed any criminal offence in their dealings with a distraught individual last month.

In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008, a member of the public alerted police to a body floating in the Grand River. Officers waded in and pulled the 58-year-old man to shore where they found he was suffering from a serious laceration to his left wrist and forearm. Several hours earlier, the man had twice eluded police during two brief pursuits that followed an incident in which a handgun was allegedly pointed at a woman at a local motel. "Each time, the police terminated the pursuits judging their continuation to be too dangerous and contrary to the public interest," noted SIU Director James Cornish.

"The evidence is clear and unanimous," Mr. Cornish concluded, "that the injury was self-inflicted and that the police in no way caused it. Furthermore, it is clear on the evidence that once the police found this man and noticed his injury, they arranged for immediate medical treatment."

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. 

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