News Release

SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Ottawa

Case Number: 12-OOD-085

Mississauga (5 April, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) with any criminal offence in regards to the death of a 48-year-old man in March of 2012.

The SIU assigned four investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The subject officer did not provide an interview to the SIU and did not supply a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right.  One witness officer and one civilian witness were interviewed. 

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25:
• In the evening hours of Saturday, OPS received a call from an individual who was concerned about the safety of a man living in the Rockcliffe Park area.
• Officers went to the residence but left after several hours.
• At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, officers entered the residence and found the man deceased. 

Director Scott said, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any involved officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of the man.  All information gathered in this investigation points to the same conclusion; he took his own life by means of a drug overdose.  The man had left a suicide note and there was no trauma on the body.  On these facts, there is simply no suggestion of criminality with respect to the actions of any officers involved in responding to this call.”

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