News Release

SIU Investigates Deaths in Ottawa

Case Number: 10-OOD-009

Mississauga (18 January, 2010) --- Two investigators and one forensic investigator from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are probing the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a man and a woman in Ottawa.

Today, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) notified the SIU that on January 7, 2010 at 4:48 a.m., OPS officers responded to a domestic dispute at 446 Cambridge Street South. Then on January 16, 2010, officers returned to the same address, after being contacted by a concerned citizen. Upon arriving at the residence, officers found the bodies of a deceased 33-year-old male, identified as Andrew Ferguson, and a deceased female, who is yet to be identified. The SIU is investigating the subsequent police response to the domestic complaint on January 7, 2010.

Postmortem examinations are being conducted today.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529.

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. 

Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342