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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Injury in Ottawa

Case Number: 10-OCI-198

Mississauga (29 October, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) police officer with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a man in Ottawa in September.  

On Saturday September 18, 2010 the OPS contacted the SIU regarding injuries suffered by 24-year-old Warren John.  They reported that Mr. John had suffered head injuries after he fell to the ground after climbing over a fence.  Mr. John had been admitted to Ottawa Civic Hospital.

The SIU dispatched four investigators and one forensic investigator to Ottawa to conduct an investigation.  One officer was designated as a subject officer and seven officers were designated as witness officers.

The SIU investigation determined that in the early hours of September 18, the subject officer spoke to Mr. John on Henderson Avenue.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. John scaled a fence covered by vines.  On the other side of the fence was a 4.5 meter drop to the bottom of a parking garage entrance.  Mr. John fell, landing on a concrete surface and sustaining severe head trauma as a result.    

Director Scott concluded, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by the complainant, Mr. John, on September 17, 2010.  There is no nexus between the complainant’s injuries and any acts of the subject officer and no criminal liability may attach.”

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