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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Peterborough County Deaths

Case Number: 07-PCD-246

TORONTO (29 January, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) James Cornish has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers involved in this incident committed any criminal offence.

The SIU assigned four investigators and three forensic identification technicians to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that at 1:40 a.m. December 9, 2007, a shooting occurred in London, Ontario. Investigation revealed that Mr. Kovacs had shot a man he believed was coming between him and the relationship he had with Ms. Sedore. London Police Service subsequently issued a province wide alert for Mr. Kovacs, Ms. Sedore, and Ms. Sedore's Acura MDX SUV.

At 4:36 a.m. a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer was travelling eastbound on Highway 401 west of the Highway 35/115 interchange. He saw the Sedore Acura travelling eastbound as well. The officer began to follow the Acura and requested the assistance of other DRPS officers as well as officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Peterborough County detachment. The SUV exited the 401 and travelled north on Highway #115 into the OPP's Peterborough County area.

At 4:52 a.m. the DRPS officers activated their police cars' emergency equipment to stop the Acura. The driver of the Acura would not stop and rapidly accelerated in an attempt to get away from the police. At 4:59 a.m. other OPP officers deployed a spike belt at County Road 10 and Moore Road, Highway 7A interchange. The SUV went over the belt and its tires began to deflate. Shortly afterwards, and only after striking a police cruiser that was attempting to box him in, the SUV went off the road and stopped when it went into a ditch.

Officers immediately ran to the Acura in an attempt to apprehend Mr. Kovacs, but by the time they got to the Acura, Mr. Kovacs had killed himself with his shotgun. Tragically, at some point (either there at the scene or earlier in the trip) Mr. Kovacs had killed Ms. Sedore by shooting her in the chest with the shotgun as she sat in the passenger seat. The shotgun was recovered between Mr. Kovacs' legs.

Director Cornish said, "No officer caused or contributed to the deaths of either of these two people, indeed it appears clear on the evidence that they did all that could be expected of them as they tried to save Ms. Sedore and apprehend Mr. Kovacs."

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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