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News Release

SIU Closes Sioux Lookout Death Investigation

Case Number: 11-OCD-045

Mississauga (23 March, 2011) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has closed its investigation into the death of a 63-year-old Summer Beaver Reserve man on March 15, 2011. The SIU assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that on March 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Albert Moonias was arrested by the OPP and lodged in a cell at the detachment. At 2:30 p.m. Mr. Moonias was found to be in medical distress. He was transported to Sioux Lookout Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On March 17, 2011 a post mortem was conducted on Mr. Moonias and it was determined that he had passed away as a result of a heart attack. There was no evidence of trauma to the body to suggest that he was involved in a fight or restrained.

The Director of the SIU Ian Scott has concluded the man died as a result of a condition unrelated to any actions by the police and accordingly has closed the SIU’s file on the 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. 

Frank Phillips, frank.phillips@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342