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News Release

SIU Releases Name of Man in Toronto Death Investigation

Case Number: 11-TCD-013

Mississauga (23 January, 2011) --- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the January 23, 2011, death of 51-year-old Kenrick Terrence McLennan of Toronto.

Toronto Police Service (TPS) reported the following information to the SIU:
  • Mr. McLennan was apprehended by security staff in the parking lot of  No Frills located at Lawrence Avenue and Markham Road, for an alleged shoplifting offence;
  • He was brought into the shopping plaza and taken into custody by a TPS officer;
  • While being processed by the officer, Mr. McLennan went into medical distress;
  • Toronto EMS and Toronto Fire Department responded;
  • Mr. McLennan was  transported to Scarborough General by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead;
  • The SIU has designated one subject and two witness officers;
Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to this investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-1925 or 1-800-787-8529.

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