Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

August 15, 2005 11:07 ET

SIU Terminates Investigation in Deep River

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2005) - On August 14, 2005, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of an incident that occurred earlier that day, which resulted in an injury to a 25-year-old man.

Seven SIU investigators were dispatched to the scene in Deep River to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's injury. Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that at approximately 9:30 a.m., OPP officers responded to a call of a barricaded man at a home on Pinewood Place. During the next three hours, officers contained the area as the armed man walked in and out of the home. At about 12:30 p.m., the man learned out of a window holding a rifle. An officer discharged his firearm and shot at the window.

The injured man was taken to hospital where he was treated for a laceration to his arm. SIU investigators interviewed the treating physician and the injured man and confirmed the injury was not a gunshot wound but a superficial laceration as a result of broken glass from the window.

Based on the evidence gathered to date, the Director of the SIU, James Cornish, has decided to terminate the investigation because of the absence of serious injury.

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