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News Release

Man Succumbs to Injuries

Case Number: 05-PCI-086

TORONTO (7 June, 2005) --- A 46-year-old man who was critically injured after suffering a gunshot wound on June 5, 2005, succumbed to his injuries yesterday afternoon at Toronto General Hospital.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) notified the SIU that on June 5, officers were searching for Michael Peplinski because family members were concerned about his well-being. The police found Mr. Peplinski in Hilliard, suffering from a gunshot wound injury.

The SIU is probing the nature and extent of police involvement in Mr. Peplinki's death. The investigation is continuing.

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