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News Release

SIU Investigates Injury in Hamilton

Case Number: 08-OCI-061

TORONTO (18 April, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned
two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained by a 31-year-old man during his contact with Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officers yesterday evening.

On April 17, 2008, at 8:55 p.m. three officers from the HPS went to an apartment on Queenston Rd. in Hamilton in regards to a disturbance call. The officers located a man in an apartment, and during their interaction with him an officer discharged his Taser. A flammable object the man had in the waistband of his pants ignited. The man received non-life threatening burns. The man was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

The SIU has designated one HPS officer as a subject officer and three as witness officers.

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