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News Release

SIU Investigates Firearm Death

Case Number: 09-PFD-160

Mississauga (4 July, 2009) --- Eight investigators, including three forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding a police shooting involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Leeds County Detachment.

The SIU was notified that on Friday July 3, 2009 at approximately 11:00 p.m. the OPP were conducting a RIDE program on the Highway 401 off-ramp at County Road 29, Brockville. A pickup truck was stopped and an officer spoke with the adult male driver. The truck fled the scene and officers went after it. In the area of Forthton Road and Highway 29 the officers attempted to stop the truck by blocking it in. This resulted in a collision between the truck and OPP vehicles.

Officers interacted with the driver and at some point the truck struck an officer. Two officers discharged their firearms and the driver was struck at least once. The male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at
416-622-1965 or 1-800-787- 8529 extension #1965.

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. 

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