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News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Woman in London

Case Number: 19-OCD-264

Mississauga, ON (18 November, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 28-year-old woman last week in London.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On the afternoon of Saturday, November 2, 2019, London Police Service (LPS) officers arrested the woman. She was taken to the police station where she was lodged in a cell.
  • At approximately 9:45 a.m. the next day, the woman was found in her cell in medical distress. Naloxone was administered and the woman was taken to hospital.
  • On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the woman was pronounced dead in hospital. 
  • The post-mortem took place in London on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, the SIU was notified by LPS of the woman’s hospitalization. Based on the information received by the SIU at the time, it was determined the incident did not fall under the SIU’s jurisdiction. The SIU did not invoke its mandate, but continued to monitor the woman’s condition. On Friday, November 8, 2019, the SIU invoked its mandate upon learning further information. Four investigators and one forensic investigator were assigned. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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