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News Release

SIU Investigates Firearm Death

Case Number: 09-PFD-152

Mississauga (2 July, 2009) --- Three investigators and two forensic investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding a police shooting involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) - Pickle Lake Detachment.

The SIU was notified that on Wednesday June 24, 2009 at approximately 12:00 PM two OPP officers were conducting an investigation in the Osnaburgh Lake area. During this investigation a police firearm was discharged and a man was struck at least once. The man was pronounced dead a short time later.

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

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