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SIU Terminates Investigation of Circumstances Surrounding Death of Ottawa Man

Numéro du dossier: 17-OOD-172

Mississauga, ON (13 février 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the conduct of Ottawa police Service (OPS) officers in relation to the death of a 21-year-old man in March of 2017. The SIU was made aware of this occurrence in July of 2017 by a medical professional.

On the morning of March 5, 2017, a family member of the man contacted the OPS to report that the man had sent her a message hours earlier indicating he intended to take his life. Police officers were dispatched to check on the man’s well-being. The family member then also contacted 911, prompting the emergency dispatch of paramedics and firefighters. The Ottawa Fire Service was the first to arrive at the man’s address. They forced their way into the residence as the man appeared to be without vital signs. Paramedics and police arrived shortly after. CPR was performed and the man began breathing again. He was transported to hospital. The man’s condition did not improve and he died two days later.

The pathologist determined the cause of death to be “Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy” due to acute fentanyl, ethanol and lorazepam toxicity.

Director Loparco said, “The man’s death was the result of a drug overdose. The police officers arrived shortly after other first responders, and there was nothing they did or omitted to do that contributed to the man’s death. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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