News Release

SIU Terminates Barrie Death Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCD-289

Mississauga, ON (1 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 55-year-old man in Barrie in September of 2018.

Around noon on September 5, 2018, a Barrie Police Service (BPS) officer was dispatched to a parking lot in the area of Dunlop Street West and Toronto Street regarding a disturbance involving multiple parties. Upon arrival, the officer located a man who appeared to be extremely intoxicated. The man was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and transported to the BPS station. At the police station, the man appeared to be in medical distress and as such, he was transported to hospital by EMS. On the night of September 27, 2018 – while still in hospital – the man was pronounced dead. The cause of death was determined as “bilateral pneumonia from prolonged hospitalization for complications of drug administration.”

Director Loparco said, “The medical evidence establishes that the man died from medical complications arising from an overdose via the ingestion of pills that occurred prior to the arrival of police. The police interaction with the man had nothing to do with his death. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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