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News Release

Update on Ottawa Investigation

Case Number: 09-OFD-090

Mississauga (10 June, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its probe into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a Montreal area man by the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) on April 22, 2009.

The SIU has assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident.

To date the SIU investigation has determined that at 6:00 p.m. on April 22, 2009 the OPS pursued a vehicle eastbound on Highway 417 relevant to an earlier criminal investigation. The vehicle was stopped at Highway 417 and Walkley Road. 43 year old Richard Bastien got out of the car and interacted with three officers. At some point during this interaction Mr. Bastien produced a handgun. An officer fired a number of shots and Mr. Bastien was struck.

Mr. Bastien was taken to Ottawa Civic Hospital where he was admitted with life-threatening injuries. He remains in hospital in critical condition.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and four officers as witness officers.
The SIU is asking that anyone who may have any information on this matter to contact the unit at 416-622-1898 or toll free at 1-800-787-8529 extension #1957.

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