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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation of Death in Elliot Lake

Case Number: 09-PCD-081

Mississauga (1 June, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Elliot Lake Detachment committed any criminal offence in relation to the death of an Elliot Lake man in April.

The SIU assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this matter.

The SIU investigation determined that on April 8, 2009, at 6:15 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police officers executed a warrant at a residence in Elliot Lake. The officers arrested 41-year-old Travis Taylor. Mr. Taylor was taken to the OPP station in Elliot Lake, where he went into medical distress. Mr. Taylor was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Director Scott stated, "In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the named subject officer committed any criminal offence in relation to the death of Mr. Taylor. Mr. Taylor was lawfully arrested at his home. Mr. Taylor was handcuffed and transferred to the OPP Elliott Lake Detachment. In the station, he collapsed and attempts were made to resuscitate him at the station. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1900 hrs. On April 9th a pathologist conducted a post mortem examination on Mr. Taylor. The pathologist opined that Mr. Taylor died of natural causes due to a cardiac arrest. There was no suggestion of other trauma to the body."

Director Scott said, "In view of the conclusion of the pathologist with respect to the cause of death, there is no relationship between the actions of the subject officer and the death of Mr. Taylor. Accordingly, no criminal liability may attach to the subject officer’s actions."

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