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News Release

SIU Terminates Guelph Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCD-355

Mississauga, ON (17 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 72-year-old man in Guelph.  

On the morning of December 13, 2018, the man noticed footprints outside his home and called police as he was concerned there had been a break-in on his property. A Guelph Police Service officer arrived to conduct an investigation. While the man and police officer were standing in the driveway, the man collapsed and was caught by the officer. Emergency Medical Services transported the man to hospital where he was treated for cardiac arrest. The man was pronounced dead at 12:56 p.m. 
 
Director Loparco said, “The evidence indicates that the man’s death resulted from a cardiac event in the presence of an officer conducting an investigation on the man’s behalf and had nothing to do with the officer’s conduct. 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