Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

June 29, 2005 15:41 ET

SIU Terminates Investigation in Allenford

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 29, 2005) - On June 26, 2005, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of the death of Frank Kunkel in Allenford.

The SIU investigation determined that at about 4:40 p.m. on that date, OPP officers responded to reports of a distraught man who was seen entering his home with what appeared to be a rifle. OPP officers secured the area surrounding the home and made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr. Kunkel who was inside the home. At about 10:42 p.m., officers entered the home and found Mr. Kunkel suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Five investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances surrounding Mr. Kunkel's death. Investigators interviewed witnesses who stated that a single gunshot was heard from inside the home even before the police arrived. The SIU also attended the post mortem examination which concluded that Mr. Kunkel died from a gunshot wound to the head and was consistent with being self-inflicted.

Based upon the information gathered to date, the Director of the SIU, James Cornish, has decided to terminate the investigation. He stated, "Given the fact that the police had no interaction with Mr. Kunkel, there is patently nothing further to investigate."

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.

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Rose Bliss
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529
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Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342