News Release

Burns to Man in Chatham-Kent a Result of Him Setting Self on Fire; No Criminal Charges to Issue against any Police Officer

Case Number: 17-OOI-167

Mississauga, ON (17 July, 2018) --- In the late evening hours of June 30, 2017, Chatham-Kent Police Service officers attended a residence to do a well-being check on a 43-year-old man. Officers located the man in the backyard, and attempted to engage with him. During the encounter, the man doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any of the officers in relation to the third degree burns sustained by the man. 
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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