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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Custody Death in Red Lake

Case Number: 10-PCD-105

Mississauga (5 November, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – Red Lake Detachment with a criminal offence in regards to the custody death of a Red Lake man in June of this year.

On June 14, 2010 41-year-old Dalius Kakegamic was arrested and lodged in the OPP detachment in Red Lake. Later that day Mr. Kakegamic was taken to Red Lake Hospital and then transported to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.  He passed away there on June 21, 2010.  

Three investigators and two forensic investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances surrounding Mr. Kakegamic’s death.  One officer was designated as a subject officer and five officers were designated as witness officers.

The SIU investigation determined  that Mr. Kakegamic was arrested by the subject officer  on a Criminal Code matter.  He was lodged in the cells at the OPP detachment.  Later that day on June 14th Mr. Kakegamic was found to be in medical distress.  He was taken to Red Lake Hospital by ambulance  and then transported via air ambulance to Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.   On June 21, 2010 Mr. Kakegamic passed away.

Director Scott said, “The subject officer had the lawful authority to arrest Mr. Kakegamic for a criminal offence.  There is no suggestion that Mr. Kakegamic was mistreated by the subject officer or any person in authority.  Mr. Kakegamic’s rapid deterioration and demise appear to be related to a prior medical condition.  Accordingly, no criminal liability may attach to the subject officer’s actions.”

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