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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Ottawa Interaction

Case Number: 18-OCI-381

Mississauga, ON (24 January, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding an interaction that occurred between a 26-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers last month.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8 a.m. on December 31, 2018, an OPS officer was in his cruiser when he observed a dispute between a man and a woman in the area of Booth Street and Wellington Street. 
  • The officer exited his cruiser and soon after, he became involved in an interaction with the man.
  • Additional officers arrived, and the man was apprehended.
  • He was transported to hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext 9035. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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