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News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Haliburton County

Case Number: 20-PFD-173

Mississauga, ON (15 July, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred today in Haliburton County. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:

  • At approximately 9:25 a.m. on July 15, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police was notified that a 73-year-old man had assaulted individuals at a Valu-mart grocery store on Highway 35 in Minden. The man then left the grocery store in a vehicle.
  • An officer observed the vehicle and commenced following it for a short period of time.
  • Based on a query of the vehicle’s licence plate, officers made their way to a residence on Indian Point Road.
  • Outside the residence, there was an interaction with the man and two officers discharged their firearms.
  • The man was struck. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:47 a.m.

At this time, four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case.  

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