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News Release

No Fault Found in Actions of Police in Cambridge Preceding Man’s Self-inflicted Death

Case Number: 19-OCD-087

Mississauga, ON (11 December, 2019) ---
In April of 2019, a 39-year-old man was wanted by police on two arrest warrants for having breached various conditions of his release from custody, and he was also a suspect in the shooting death of a woman in Cambridge. On April 27, 2019, Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers were following the man when he drove his vehicle into a wooded area behind a gas station in Cambridge. The area was contained, and some time later, the decision was made to arrest the man. When the officers got closer to the man, he ran and the officers gave chase. A short time later, the man shot himself in the head with a handgun. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a WRPS officer in relation to the man’s death. 

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