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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Lake Nipissing Drowning Death; Officers went Above and Beyond in Attempt to Save Man’s Life

Case Number: 19-OOD-240

Mississauga, ON (12 June, 2020) ---
On the evening of October 1, 2019, the North Bay Fire Service was dispatched to a reported car fire. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters were informed that the driver of the car had gone towards Lake Nipissing. The firefighters went in that direction, and observed a man more than 100 metres from the shore. Emergency Medical Services and North Bay Police Service officers arrived, and along with the firefighters, tried to convince the man to come out of the water. Shortly after, the man disappeared below the water’s surface and did not reappear. Attempts were made to search for the man, but to no avail. His body was recovered the following day by an OPP underwater search and recovery team. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officers went above and beyond what was required in the line of duty to save the man’s life, and as such, there are no reasonable grounds to proceed with criminal charges.  

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is an independent civilian 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342