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News Release

SIU Terminates Penetanguishene Investigation as Man’s Injuries were Self-Inflicted

Case Number: 19-PCI-036

Mississauga, ON (5 April, 2019) ---
Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man in Penetanguishene in February of 2019.

On the evening of February 11, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers with the Southern Georgian Bay detachment responded to a domestic incident at a residence in Penetanguishene. The OPP had received information that one individual – a 27-year-old man – had attacked another individual. Upon arrival, officers located the 27-year-old man lying on the floor in a bedroom, covered in blood, and holding a knife. The officers asked the man to drop the knife, but he would not drop the knife. Instead, he repeatedly told the officers to shoot him. One of the police officers successfully deployed a conducted energy weapon, allowing the officers to take control of the man. The man was taken to hospital for treatment of serious stab wounds to the neck. A 59-year-old man was located in the home with injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Then Director Loparco said, “The evidence clearly establishes that the 27-year-old man’s injuries were self-inflicted. 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342