News Release

SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

Case Number: 20-OFI-061

Mississauga, ON (7 May, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in March between Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers and a 42-year-old man. 

On the night of March 15, 2020, OPS officers were dispatched to an address on St. Laurent Boulevard for a disturbance call. Officers encountered the 42-year-old man, and became involved in an interaction with him which included the deployment of an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN). The man was transported to hospital for treatment.

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that the man did not sustain any serious injury. Accordingly, the SIU’s mandate is not engaged, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”

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