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News Release

-UPDATE- SIU Investigates Incident in Brantford

Case Number: 09-OCD-010

TORONTO (26 January, 2009) --- Five investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU continue to probe an incident this morning in Brantford involving the Brantford Police Service (BPS).

The BPS contacted the SIU at 4:22 a.m. today. The BPS advised the SIU that earlier this morning officers of the BPS were interacting with a man in the area of the Brantford Casino. The man fled the police and made his way out onto the ice surface of the Grand River. A short time later the man was seen going through the ice.

At noon today the body of a male was recovered from the Grand River. Investigators are in the process of confirming the identity of this male. No name will be released pending notification of next of kin.

The chief coroner has been notified and a post mortem examination has been scheduled tomorrow in Hamilton.

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

Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529 extension #1965.

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