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News Release

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Man’s Death in Shuniah Township

Case Number: 20-PCD-055

Mississauga, ON (18 August, 2020) ---
On March 12, 2020, a woman called 911 to report that her son had threatened to take his life as well as hers. As a result, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a Shuniah Township address. A sergeant was able to make contact with the 31-year-old man by phone. About an hour-and-a-half after the conversation ended, the man exited the home holding a rifle and he began walking towards a forested area. Soon after, the man suffered a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges and the file is closed.

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 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, 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