News Release

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Brantford Inn

Case Number: 19-OCD-259

Mississauga, ON (15 May, 2020) ---
On November 3, 2019, the Hamilton Police Service Emergency Response Unit was called out to an inn in the City of Brantford in regard to a 33-year-old man who was believed to be inside the inn, and who was wanted in relation to a double homicide investigation. After evacuating the guests, attempts were made to contact the man but there was no response from within the man’s room. Shortly after, a single gunshot was heard coming from within the room. Upon entering the room, police officers discovered the man to be vital signs absent on the bed with a gunshot wound and a handgun under his left hand. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds for proceeding with criminal charges in connection with the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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