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News Release

SIU Investigates Shooting in Stratford

Case Number: 08-OFI-097

TORONTO (30 May, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting involving an officer of the Stratford Police Service in the early morning hours of May 29, 2008.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., police searched the Avondale Cemetery after receiving information from members of a family about their missing father. During a confrontation with one officer, 46-year-old David George Wilson of Stratford was shot once. He was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Victoria Hospital in London where he is in stable condition awaiting surgery. His wound is described as non-life threatening. A knife was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

The SIU has assigned five investigators and three forensic investigators. They have designated one subject officer, who will be interviewed next week; two witness officers have been interviewed. While SIU investigators have canvassed the immediate area around Avondale Cemetery, they continue to appeal to anyone who might have seen or heard anything between approximately 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. May 29th, to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.

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. 

SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342