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SIU Investigating Death of Man in Shuniah

Case Number: 20-PCD-055   

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Mississauga, ON (13 March, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man yesterday in Shuniah, a municipality bordering the city of Thunder Bay. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 5 p.m. on March 12, 2020 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a residence for a man in distress. Officers also had information the man had access to firearms.  
  • When OPP officers neared the residence, they saw the man walking away from the residence, carrying what appeared to be a firearm.  
  • A short while later, the OPP officers apparently heard a gunshot and the man was located deceased.   

The SIU has assigned two investigators and one forensics investigator.

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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Michael Webber, michael.webber@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342