News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Brantford

Case Number: 19-OCD-259

Mississauga, ON (4 November, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of David Thomson last night in Brantford.
 
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Shortly before 11 p.m. on November 3, 2019, Hamilton Police Service officers found Mr. Thomson at a Days Inn in Brantford located at 460 Fairview Drive. Mr. Thomson was considered to be a person of interest in connection with the deaths of two individuals in Hamilton.
  • While officers were outside the hotel, a gunshot was heard coming from inside a room on the first floor.
  • Officers entered the room where they located Mr. Thomson, deceased, from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Two investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. A post-mortem will take place tomorrow morning in Hamilton.
 
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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