SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Logan Township



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there is no reasonable basis to
believe that any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers committed a criminal
offence in the death of a 51-year-old man.
    The SIU investigation determined that on August 14, 2007, at
approximately 11:30 p.m., a caller reported a domestic dispute to the OPP. The
caller said that there was a man and possibly two women inside a home on 49th
Line in Logan Township and that one of the women had been shot.
    Three OPP officers were driving up to the home when they heard what
sounded like gunfire. The officers withdrew and asked for the OPP's Emergency
Response Team (ERT) and Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU). ERT and TRU officers
arrived and started to secure a perimeter around the home. At approximately
2:20 a.m., ERT officers were searching the exterior of the home and
surrounding area when they came across a man suffering from a fatal gunshot
wound to the head and a shotgun on his chest.
    His common-law spouse was found in a car outside of the home with no
serious injuries.
    Director Cornish concluded, "The evidence gathered in the course of this
investigation clearly indicates that this man died of a self-inflicted gunshot
wound and that the police played no role in the tragic end of this man's
life."

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




For further information:

For further information: 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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