Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

January 23, 2011 19:15 ET

SIU Investigating Death in Innisville

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2011) - Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the death of man in Innisville yesterday evening.

The South Simcoe Police Service (SSPS) contacted the SIU at 10:10 p.m. January 22, 2011 and reported the following:

  • Five officers from the SSPS responded to a domestic call on Innisville Beach Road;

  • When the officers arrived at the home a man locked himself in a room. The man would not come out;

  • Officers eventually forced entry into the room and found a male in medical distress;

  • EMS responded and took the man to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie;

  • At 11:45 p.m. 44-year-old Suler Saamel succumbed to his injuries;

  • The SIU has assigned four investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding this incident;

  • The SIU has designated three officers as witness officers and two officers as subject officers; and

  • The post mortem will be conducted in Toronto on Monday, January 24.

The SIU is an arm's length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must:

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation

  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid

  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Contact Information

  • SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
    Frank Phillips
    416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529