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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in North Bay

Case Number: 18-OCD-053

Mississauga, ON (26 April, 2019) ---
On the morning of February 22, 2018, North Bay Police Service officers attended a residence in relation to a domestic matter. Soon after entering the home, the officers became involved in a physical struggle with a man as they attempted to subdue him. After several minutes of attempting to grapple the man into submission, one officer deployed his CEW but this had no discernible effect. In time, the officers were finally able to gain control of the man who was believed to be suffering from a drug-induced psychosis. While waiting for an ambulance, the man’s breathing began to fail and as such, officers began to administer CPR. The paramedics took charge of the man’s treatment and eventually transported him to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, 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