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News Release

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Chatham

Case Number: 19-OCD-183

Mississauga, ON (7 August, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man yesterday in Chatham.
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 7 p.m. on August 6, 2019, Emergency Medical Services attended a residence in the area of Victoria Avenue and Grand Avenue East to tend to a man in medical distress. 
  • Due to the man's behaviour, paramedics requested Chatham-Kent Police Service officers also attend for assistance. 
  • The man was transported to the hospital in an ambulance with the police. 
  • Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the man went vital signs absent and was later pronounced dead.

Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. The post-mortem took place this morning.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent civilian 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