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News Release

Man in London Set Himself on Fire; No Charges Against Police in Relation to Incident

Case Number: 19-OCI-179

Mississauga, ON (7 April, 2020) ---
On August 2, 2019, a 49-year-old man attended an Immigration, Refugee, and Canadian Citizenship office in London. When the man told the office he was going to kill himself, the office contacted the police. London Police Service officers attempted to dissuade the man from setting himself on fire; instead, however, the man doused himself in gasoline. Officers fired their BIP launchers at the man, hoping to either distract or disable him, but the man ultimately set himself on fire. The flames were doused, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment of his burns. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers present committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.  

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 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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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