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News Release

SIU Investigating Death in Innisfil

Case Number: 11-OCD-012

Mississauga (23 January, 2011) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Innisfil yesterday evening.

The South Simcoe Police Service (SSPS) contacted the SIU at 10:10 p.m. January 22, 2011 and reported the following:
  • Five officers from the SSPS responded to a domestic call on Innisfil Beach Road;
  • When the officers arrived at the home a man locked himself in a room.  The man would not come out;
  • Officers eventually forced entry into the room and found a male in medical distress;
  • EMS responded and took the man to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie;
  • 44-year-old Sulev Saamel succumbed to his injuries at hospital;
  • The SIU has assigned four investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident;
  • The SIU has designated three officers as witness officers and two officers as subject officers; and
  • The post mortem will be conducted in Toronto on Monday, January 24.

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