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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Kingston Death

Case Number: 10-OCD-167

Mississauga (10 January, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any officer of the Kingston Police Service (KPS) with a criminal offence in regards to the  death of a Kingston man in August of last year.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The SIU designated two officers as subject officers and two officers as witness officers.  Ten civilian witnesses were interviewed.

The SIU investigation determined that on August 14, 2010 at 5:07 p.m. the KPS received a number of calls about the way a vehicle was being driven in the area of Collins Bay Road and Taylor Kidd Boulevard in Kingston.  Officers were dispatched to the area and at 5:30 p.m. they located the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway at Bath Road and Coronation Road.  The driver, 54-year-old Ronald Bolton, was found to be in medical distress.  An ambulance arrived and transported him to Kingston General Hospital for treatment.  Mr. Bolton passed away in the hospital as a result of a heart attack                 at 10:26 p.m.
Director Scott said, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of Mr. Bolton. Mr. Bolton was found in a distressed state in his motor vehicle.  One subject officer assisted in having Mr. Bolton transported to the hospital.  At the hospital the two subject officers assisted Mr. Bolton down a hallway, but Mr. Bolton collapsed.  There is nothing in the investigation to suggest that the subject officers were in any way responsible for his death.”

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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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