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News Release

SIU Investigates custody death in Bracebridge

Case Number: 08-PCD-049

TORONTO (1 April, 2008) --- Two Investigators and one Forensic Investigator from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was in police custody.

The Bracebridge Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU last evening at 7:50 p.m. to report the death of a 31-year-old Oshawa man. The man was in a cell when he went into medical distress. He was transported to Bracebridge hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing and at present five officers have been designated 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. 

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