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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Norfolk County

Case Number: 08-PCD-115

TORONTO (24 June, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) continues its investigation into the custody death of 36-year-old Jeffrey Mark Marreel of no fixed address.

On Monday June 23, 2008 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Mr. Marreel was shot with a Taser by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer who had responded to a call about a suspicious man at the intersection of Front Street and Fishers Glen Road in Norfolk County. He was taken to the Simcoe OPP Detachment where he went into medical distress and later died at Norfolk General Hospital.

An autopsy has been conducted, but further forensic tests have been ordered to assist in determining the exact cause of death.

The SIU has assigned six investigators, including two forensic investigators, to probe the sequence of events, circumstances leading up to the altercation with police and the background of the individual.

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
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342