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SIU Terminates Death Investigation in Oro-Medonte Township

Numéro du dossier: 18-PCD-108

Mississauga, ON (3 mai 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 59-year-old man last month in Oro-Medonte Township.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 6, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers from the Barrie detachment attended a residence to do a compliance check on the man. At the front door, the officers spoke with the man and a family member. The man was given the option to go with the police officers at that time, or turn himself in the following day. The man chose the latter option, and the officers left. The following morning, a family member went into the basement and found that the man had hanged himself from the ceiling.
  
Director Loparco said, “The evidence makes clear that the conduct of the two officers in exercising their discretion to allow the man to attend the OPP detachment the next day rather than arresting him at the time of their contact with him, at his residence, can in no way, in these circumstances, make them legally responsible for the man taking his own life. 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