News Release

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Oakville

Case Number: 18-OCD-050

Mississauga, ON (22 January, 2019) ---
Shortly after midnight on February 21, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service officers attended a public school in Oakville after learning that a custodian was missing, and that blood could be seen inside his truck and leading to the school portables. The man was located inside a portable, and attempts were made to communicate with him. He could be seen at the door with injuries, but he did not exit or respond. When officers eventually gained entry to the portable, the man was lying on the floor, unconscious but breathing. He was observed to have a cut to his neck and his right wrist. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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, 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