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SIU Terminates Barrie Death Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 18-OCD-289

Mississauga, ON (1 mars 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 55-year-old man in Barrie in September of 2018.

Around noon on September 5, 2018, a Barrie Police Service (BPS) officer was dispatched to a parking lot in the area of Dunlop Street West and Toronto Street regarding a disturbance involving multiple parties. Upon arrival, the officer located a man who appeared to be extremely intoxicated. The man was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and transported to the BPS station. At the police station, the man appeared to be in medical distress and as such, he was transported to hospital by EMS. On the night of September 27, 2018 – while still in hospital – the man was pronounced dead. The cause of death was determined as “bilateral pneumonia from prolonged hospitalization for complications of drug administration.”

Director Loparco said, “The medical evidence establishes that the man died from medical complications arising from an overdose via the ingestion of pills that occurred prior to the arrival of police. The police interaction with the man had nothing to do with his 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342