News Release

SIU Seeking Witnesses to Interaction that Occurred in St. Catharines Walmart Parking Lot

Case Number: 19-OCI-272

Mississauga, ON (19 November, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury sustained by a 35-year-old man on Sunday in St. Catharines.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2019, Niagara Regional Police Service officers attended the Walmart located at 420 Vansickle Road for an unwanted person.
  • The officers located the person of interest, a 35-year-old man, in the parking lot. There was an interaction in the area of a U-Haul box van, and the man was arrested.
  • He was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

At this time, two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. One subject officer and one witness officer have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation 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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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