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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Ottawa Interaction

Case Number: 19-OCI-049

Mississauga, ON (13 March, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred last week between a 19-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service officers.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 11 a.m. on March 7, 2019, police attended the Food Basics at the Herongate plaza as a result of receiving a call.
  • When a person of interest fled, police officers pursued him. The man was apprehended on Walkley road, in front of the grocery store.
  • The man was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

Two investigators have been assigned to this incident. At this time, one subject officer and three witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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