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SIU Terminates Guelph Death Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 18-OCD-355

Mississauga, ON (17 janvier 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 72-year-old man in Guelph.  

On the morning of December 13, 2018, the man noticed footprints outside his home and called police as he was concerned there had been a break-in on his property. A Guelph Police Service officer arrived to conduct an investigation. While the man and police officer were standing in the driveway, the man collapsed and was caught by the officer. Emergency Medical Services transported the man to hospital where he was treated for cardiac arrest. The man was pronounced dead at 12:56 p.m. 
 
Director Loparco said, “The evidence indicates that the man’s death resulted from a cardiac event in the presence of an officer conducting an investigation on the man’s behalf and had nothing to do with the officer’s conduct. 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