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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Collingwood Interaction

Case Number: 18-PCI-302

Mississauga, ON (4 October, 2019) ---
In the morning hours of October 8, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an apartment building in Collingwood to check on the well-being of a 30-year-old man. The man refused them entry into his room and told them he was armed with knives. As two officers used a firetruck’s aerial bucket to get to the man’s bedroom window, other officers entered the bedroom using a battering ram. CEW and ARWEN discharges failed, and the man jumped through the window towards the aerial bucket. The officers in the bucket grabbed the man to prevent him from falling, but they could not get a firm grip and the man fell to the ground. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.  

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342