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News Release

Man’s Death in Kingston Attributed to Drug Overdose; No Charges to Issue

Case Number: 19-OCD-169

Mississauga, ON (29 October, 2020) ---
On July 23, 2019, Kingston Police officers attended a local restaurant to assist paramedics by apprehending a 52-year-old man. Following a struggle, the officers were eventually able to gain control of the man who was then transported to hospital by paramedics. At the hospital, the man later stopped breathing and passed away. The pathologist at autopsy attributed the cause of the man’s death to sudden cardiorespiratory arrest due to methamphetamine, fentanyl and carfentanil toxicity. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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