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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) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of a man in Norfolk.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 23, 2008 about a suspicious person on Front Street in Norfolk. During the altercation at the intersection of Front Street and Fishers Glen Road, Mr. Marreel was tasered by police and taken to the Simcoe OPP Detachment for further investigation. He went into medical distress and was taken to Norfolk General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased has been identified as 36-year-old Jeffrey Mark Marreel of no fixed address.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529.

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. 

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342