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News Release

SIU Investigating Incident in Ottawa

Case Number: 20-OFI-061

Mississauga, ON (16 March, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained by a 42-year-old man in Ottawa, last night. 
 
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8:45 p.m. on March 15, 2020, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers were dispatched to an address on St. Laurent Boulevard for a disturbance call.
  • Officers arrived and outside of the residence they located a 42-year-old man in possession of a knife. 
  • The man went back into a residence and officers followed and attempted to communicate with the man. 
  • At some point officers fired plastic projectiles from an Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) at the man.
  • Paramedics attended the residence and transported the man to hospital for treatment of a serious injury. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to this incident.
 
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, 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