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Man’s Death Attributed to Drug Overdose and Medical Issues; SIU Terminates Parry Sound Investigation

Case Number: 18-PCD-268

Mississauga, ON (25 February, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death of a 22-year-old man in September of 2018 in Parry Sound.

On August 29, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers with the West Parry Sound detachment attended a residence in relation to a bank robbery. A man of interest identified himself to the police officers, but he refused to open the door and he told an officer that he did not want to live. When police gained entry, the man was observed to lie on the floor in a prone position and bang his head off the floor. While the police officers had a discussion with the man, he started to convulse and he went into medical distress. Emergency Medical Services attended and performed CPR on the man. He was taken to hospital where he was placed in the ICU for suspected drug ingestion.  On September 7, 2018, the man was taken off life support and declared dead. 

A post-mortem examination was conducted. The cause of death was determined to be Acute Cocaine and Fentanyl Intoxication complicated by Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy and Acute Bronchopneumonia. The man had minor scrapes and lacerations on his face associated with banging his head on the floor.

Director Loparco said, “The man died of a drug overdose prior to his contact with police, in conjunction with other medical issues. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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