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News Release

As Man’s Injury Occurred Prior to Interaction with Police, SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-029

Mississauga, ON (1 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between a 37-year-old man and officers with the Windsor Police Service (WPS). 

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, a security employee attempted to arrest a man for theft at a Home Depot in the area of Division Street in Windsor. The man fled, but after a brief time he was located by WPS officers and arrested. While at the police station, the man complained of pain. As a result, he was transported by ambulance to hospital where examination revealed a fractured right humerus. The injury had occurred during an incident days earlier.

Director Loparco said, “The man’s injury occurred prior to his contact with the police. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342