Communiqué de presse

SIU Terminates Gananoque Death Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 19-OOD-113

Mississauga, ON (20 juin 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 63-year-old woman in Gananoque. 

In the early afternoon of May 24, 2019, the woman was at the Gananoque Police Service station to make a report concerning a family member, and a missing vehicle. While speaking with a police officer in an interview room, the woman fell into medical distress. The officer quickly sought medical attention, and firefighters and paramedics soon arrived. The woman was taken to hospital where she passed away.  

A post-mortem examination was performed. The woman’s preliminary cause of death was attributed to “Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease”.  

Interim Director Martino said, “As it is apparent based on the SIU preliminary inquiries that the woman died of natural causes and through no fault of any police officer, there is palpably nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any officer is concerned. 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342