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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Ottawa

Case Number: 05-OCD-085

Mississauga (6 June, 2005) --- Five investigators and two forensic identification technicians from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are investigating the nature and extent of police involvement in the death of 43-year-old Stéphane Michaud after an incident at the Ottawa International Airport on June 5, 2005.

Mr. Michaud was a passenger on an Air Canada flight from Halifax that morning. At approximately 9:05 a.m., airport staff and passengers saw him acting in a strange manner in an arrivals area. Airport staff intervened to assist until officers from the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and staff of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrived. OPS officers arrested Mr. Michaud, who went into medical distress while being treated by EMS. He was then transported to the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

A post mortem examination is taking place today in Ottawa.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-641-1879 or 1-800-787-8529.

No further information is available at this time.

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