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News Release

No Grounds to Charge Police in Relation to Arrest at Ottawa Restaurant

Case Number: 18-OCI-045

Mississauga, ON (30 January, 2019) ---
On the night of February 18, 2018, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers responded to a 911 call regarding a man threatening to shoot people at a Boston Pizza restaurant. Upon their arrival, officers attempted to negotiate with the 60-year-old man, but he refused to leave the premises. A struggle ensued, and the man was subsequently subdued and arrested with the assistance of other officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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