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Communiqué de presse

SIU Terminates Parry Sound Death Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 18-POD-285

Mississauga, ON (10 octobre 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death last month of a 61-year-old man in Parry Sound.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on September 22, 2018, the man suddenly collapsed on a downtown Parry Sound sidewalk, in the area of James Street and Seguin Street. Two citizens attracted the attention of a police officer and requested assistance for the man. One of the citizens notified the officer that the man had just exited a nearby treatment centre. Due to the man being pulseless and with ineffective efforts at respirations, the officer administered one dose of his Narcan nasal spray.  The man was subsequently transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Director Loparco said, “Based on the medical evidence, the man appears to have suffered a major cardiac event which led to his death. While the officer appropriately assessed the situation and administered naloxone in an effort to resuscitate the man, the administration of naloxone was ultimately harmless to the man. As such, 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