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News Release

SIU Investigates Firearm Death

Case Number: 09-PFD-149

Mississauga (2 July, 2009) --- Eight investigators, including four forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding a police shooting involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Detachment.

The SIU was notified that on Monday June 22, 2009 at approximately 8:30 PM the OPP were called to a home in Elmvale. When the officer arrived there was an interaction between him and an occupant of the home. The officer discharged his firearm at least once. A 59 year old man was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie where he was pronounced dead.

A post mortem will be conducted tomorrow at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1806 or 1-800-787- 8529 #1806.

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