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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into West Grey Custody Death

Case Number: 11-OCD-206

Mississauga (24 October, 2011) ---

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reviewed the facts around the October 2011 custody death of 54-year-old Lloyd Keleher. Ian Scott, the Director of the SIU, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an officer with the West Grey Police Service committed a criminal offence in this case.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. The only subject officer designated declined the SIU’s request to be interviewed as is his legal right, but supplied a copy of his duty notes. The two designated witness officers were interviewed. The scene was measured, photographed and a diagram prepared. The area was canvassed for witnesses to no avail.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on October 7:

• In the afternoon of that day, the subject officer received a call to locate Mr. Keleher, who was reported to have left his residence. The officer drove to the area and located him near a van along the town’s river bank.

• The officer saw Mr. Keleher reach into his vehicle and retrieve a rifle. The officer called for assistance.

• Once the other officers arrived, the subject officer approached the river bank area where he last saw Mr. Keleher.

• The officer came across the body of Mr. Keleher. He had sustained a single fatal shotgun injury to the head.

Director Scott said, "There is no suggestion of any police wrongdoing in relation to Mr. Keleher’s death. The only reasonable conclusion from this investigation is that Mr. Keleher sustained a self-inflicted fatal injury. While Mr. Keleher’s death is regrettable, there is nothing to suggest that any officer was remotely involved."

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