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SIU Concludes Investigation into Man Fatally Shot by OPP Officer in Kirkland Lake

Case Number: 23-PFD-174   

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SIU Investigating Shooting Death of Man in Kirkland Lake

Mississauga, ON (6 September, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the shooting death of a 66-year-old man in Kirkland Lake. On May 9, 2023, the man was shot by an officer after he confronted officers with a machete while in front of a high school on Duncan Avenue South.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES