Communiqué de presse

Man’s Death in Washagamis Bay Result of Pneumonia; SIU Terminates Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 18-POD-066

Mississauga, ON (23 avril 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old man last month in Washagamis Bay, southwest of Kenora.

On both February 27, 2018 and February 28, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Kenora detachment arrested the man. He was arrested once at a home after receiving a complaint, and once outside the Kenora Fellowship Centre. Each time, the man was lodged in a cell and released a short time later. 

At approximately 7 a.m. on March 5, 2018, paramedics and police officers responded to the man’s residence in Washagamis Bay as a result of him being in medical distress. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. 

A post-mortem examination was conducted and revealed no serious injury, including no recent or visible fractures. The cause of death was determined to be acute pneumonia.

Director Loparco said, “The man’s death was the result of acute pneumonia and had nothing to do with his interactions or contacts with the police. As such, I am terminating this investigation.” 

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