News Release

Update: Man who Sustained Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound in Penetanguishene Succumbs to Injury

Case Number: 23-PCD-357   

Mississauga, ON (5 September, 2023) ---
On the morning of August 31, 2023, Halton Regional Police officers went to a property in the area of Laurier Road in Penetanguishene to execute search warrants. The person of interest – a 35-year-old man – barricaded himself in an RV on the property. Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Unit officers and a negotiator also attended. At approximately 9:30 p.m., OPP officers deployed pepper spray into the RV. The man exited the RV and was observed to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to hospital.

On September 4, 2023, while in hospital, the man succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased. 

The post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Toronto. 

Three investigators and one forensic investigator with the SIU continue to investigate this incident. At this time, one subject official and three witness officials have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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