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News Release

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Death in Innerkip

Case Number: 18-PCD-125

Mississauga, ON (21 March, 2019) ---
On April 23, 2018, a 54-year-old man called 911 to report that he intended to kill himself. Upon arrival at the location that was provided by the man, an Ontario Provincial Police officer attempted to communicate with the man by calling and texting his cellphone. The officer tried to shine light into the man’s vehicle and to use the ditch as cover to get closer to the vehicle, but he was unable to see inside the vehicle. When officers got closer to the man’s vehicle by using an armoured vehicle, the man was discovered with a gunshot wound to his head and a firearm in his hands. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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