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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Custody Injury in Thunder Bay

Case Number: 08-OCI-064

TORONTO (25 June, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two officers of the Thunder Bay Police Service committed any criminal offence while attempting to subdue a distraught 24-year-old individual on April 22, 2008.

In arriving at his decision, SIU Director James Cornish concluded: “The evidence clearly shows that the officers involved attended a call to assist the family of an unstable man armed with a knife. By the time the two officers attended, the young man had already inflicted some injury on himself. While trying to convince him to surrender the knife, without warning he plunged it into his neck, and appeared to be attempting to do so again when the officers moved in to disarm him. They used their batons to keep the man from continuing to stab himself.”

Emergency first aid provided by both the police and EMS personnel saved the man’s life.

“The actions of the officers quite likely prevented an even greater tragedy from occurring,” added Mr. Cornish.

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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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