News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Teenager’s Death in Timmins

Case Number: 23-OOD-122   

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SIU Investigating Death of Youth in Timmins

Mississauga, ON (21 August, 2023) ---
On April 23, 2023, a 14-year-old male passed away, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As Timmins Police Service officers were either responding to the scene, or present in the vicinity, at the time of the shooting, the SIU was notified and initiated an investigation. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the youth’s death. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
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