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News Release

SIU Investigating Man’s Death in Toronto

Case Number: 20-TCD-062

Mississauga, ON (17 March, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man earlier this afternoon in Toronto. 
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 17, 2020, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers responded to the intersection of Church Street and Dundas Street for a man in distress. 
  • Officers attended a nearby convenience store and after an interaction, which included deployment of a conducted energy weapon, the man was apprehended.
  • An ambulance was called, and the man was transported to St. Michael’s Hospital for treatment. 
  • The man later succumbed to his injuries at hospital and was pronounced dead. 

The SIU has assigned two investigators and two forensic investigators.

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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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