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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Burwash Area

Case Number: 09-PCD-097

Mississauga (2 July, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 65 year old Sudbury man in Burwash Township on April 30, 2009.

Four investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU probed the circumstances of this occurrence.

Director Scott concluded, “All the evidence gathered as a result of the investigation suggests that Mr. Feick died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The subject officer simply happened to be the closest of a group of officers responding to a call. The officers had nothing to do with Mr. Feick's decision to end his 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. 

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