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News Release

No Charges to Issue Against Officers in Relation to Man’s Self-inflicted Death in Sturgeon Falls

Case Number: 18-PCD-251

Mississauga, ON (5 September, 2019) ---
Just after 8 p.m. on August 26, 2018, 911 calls were made to police reporting that a 46-year-old man had shot a man and woman in Sturgeon Falls. West Nipissing Police Service officers responded, as did Specialized OPP teams. Several hours later, OPP personnel located the 46-year-old man’s lifeless body. He had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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