News Release

Update: Man who Sustained Gunshot Wound in Petrolia Succumbs to Injuries

Case Number: 20-PCD-285   

Mississauga, ON (3 November, 2020) ---
On October 26, 2020, the SIU commenced an investigation in Petrolia. At approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening, Ontario Provincial Police officers had responded to a residence for a man in distress. Hours later, the officers located the man at the rear of the property and observed that the man had sustained a gunshot wound. The 40-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. On November 1, 2020, while in hospital, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

The SIU continues to investigate this incident. At this time, one subject officer and six witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is requesting anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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