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News Release

SIU Investigates Explosion in Martintown, Ontario

Case Number: 08-PCI-105

TORONTO (10 June, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into the circumstances surrounding an explosion in Martintown, Ontario that left one man and two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers injured.

On June 9, 2008 at approximately 9 a.m., OPP officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at a house on Beaverbrook Road where a man was threatening suicide and warning that he would burn down the house. As two officers entered the residence, an explosion occurred, engulfing the residence.

The 27-year-old suspect was airlifted to hospital in Ottawa and later transferred by air ambulance to a medical facility in Quebec City where he remains in critical condition with severe burns to his body. The two OPP officers are also in hospital - one in Ottawa, the other in Cornwall - where they are being treated for their injuries. They are reported in stable condition. Two other OPP officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

Eight SIU investigators, including three forensic experts, are on scene working with the Office of the Fire Marshal and members of the OPP.

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