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Communiqué de presse

SIU Terminates Cambridge Investigation as Man’s Injuries Self-Inflicted

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-061

Mississauga, ON (16 avril 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Cambridge between Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers and a 19-year-old man.

On the morning of March 23, 2019, the man entered the Select Shooting Supplies store in Cambridge. Shortly after a verbal exchange between the man and store owner, the man proceeded to attack the store owner with a knife. WRPS officers responded and attempted to arrest the man in the store, but he was able to break free and avoid apprehension. By the time further officers arrived in the area, located the man in a vacant lot a short distance away and took him into custody, he had already cut his neck and wrists. 

Interim Director Martino said, “It is evident on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries into the circumstance surrounding the man’s injuries, that they were intentionally self-inflicted in a moment of acute mental distress. On this record, it is patent that none of the officers involved in this incident caused or contributed to his injuries in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”

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