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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in Allenford

Case Number: 05-PCD-096

TORONTO (29 June, 2005) --- On June 26, 2005, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of the death of Frank Kunkel in Allenford.

The SIU investigation determined that at about 4:40 p.m. on that date, OPP officers responded to reports of a distraught man who was seen entering his home with what appeared to be a rifle. OPP officers secured the area surrounding the home and made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr. Kunkel who was inside the home. At about 10:42 p.m., officers entered the home and found Mr. Kunkel suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Five investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances surrounding Mr. Kunkel's death. Investigators interviewed witnesses who stated that a single gunshot was heard from inside the home even before the police arrived. The SIU also attended the post mortem examination which concluded that Mr. Kunkel died from a gunshot wound to the head and was consistent with being self-inflicted.

Based upon the information gathered to date, the Director of the SIU, James Cornish, has decided to terminate the investigation. He stated, "Given the fact that the police had no interaction with Mr. Kunkel, there is patently nothing further to investigate."

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. 

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342