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News Release

SIU Continues Investigation into Midland Shooting

Case Number: 09-OFD-025

TORONTO (4 February, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man by the Midland Police Service (MPS).

The SIU is continuing its investigation into an incident that occurred in Midland yesterday just before 5:00 p.m. SIU investigators have determined that four MPS officers went to a home on Scott Street to investigate the circumstances of a 9-1-1 call. Three officers entered the home and were confronted by a man. There was interaction between this man and the officers inside the house. Two officers and the man went outside into the driveway. The interaction continued and an officer discharged his firearm once at the man. The man was struck by the shot.

38-year-old Douglas Heagle of Midland was transported to Huronia Hospital in Midland by ambulance. Mr. Heagle later succumbed to his injuries.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and three officers as witness officers.

The SIU has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident. Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-641-1867 or 1-800-787-8529 extension #1867.

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