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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Mono Township Death

Case Number: 09-OCD-237

Mississauga (2 November, 2009) --- Ian Scott, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an Orangeville Police Service (OPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the firearm death of a Mono Township man in September 2009.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that on September 12th, 2009, just shortly after midnight, OPS officers attended at a residence in Orangeville after learning that 39-year-old Heidi Ferguson had been shot. She was airlifted to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto where she was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the subject officer was dispatched to a Mono Township residence to assist in finding 42-year-old Hugh Ferguson, who was suspected in the shooting death of his wife. The officer was maintaining a surveillance position outside the residence when he heard a single gunshot from inside the house at 1:06 am. The subject officer remained outside of the house, while the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit entered the residence. In the master bedroom, they found Mr. Ferguson deceased with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Director Scott said, "A handgun was found on the bed and a handwritten note that could be construed as a suicide note was found in the kitchen. By all accounts, Mr. Ferguson committed suicide on his own accord and the subject officer was not involved in any way in the decedent's decision or action to end his own life."

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