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News Release

Update: Fred Preston Pronounced Dead

Case Number: 10-PFD-034

Mississauga (11 March, 2010) --- Fred Preston of Burk's Falls, Ont., who was involved in an interaction with police on March 8, 2010, in Huron East, was pronounced dead at the Victoria Hospital in London this evening.

On Monday, Mr. Preston, 70, was wounded during an interaction with two officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) that involved an exchange of gunfire. Mr. Preston was shot and taken to a London hospital where he remained in critical condition.

Investigators with the Special Investigatiosn Unit are appealing to anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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