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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Drowning Death of Man in Lindsay

Case Number: 18-OCD-278

Mississauga, ON (11 October, 2019) ---
On the evening of September 16, 2018, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service was made aware of a man behaving strangely in the area of William Street North. Officers were dispatched and they located the man in some bushes on the embankment that sloped toward the Scugog River. The man fled from the officers and entered the water. Both police and the fire department attempted to locate him. His body was found the following day in the river. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the 34-year-old man’s drowning 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