SIU Concludes Investigation in Sarnia



    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there is no reasonable basis to
believe that a Sarnia Police Service (SPS) officer is criminally responsible
for the injuries to 43-year-old Daniel Lauzon.
    The SIU investigation revealed that on March 16, at approximately
5:45 p.m., SPS officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at an
apartment at 275 Finch Drive in Sarnia. The police had information that Mr.
Lauzon was involved in the dispute and in apparent contravention of a court
order by being at the apartment. There were also several outstanding warrants
for Mr. Lauzon's arrest.
    Officers entered the apartment and found Mr. Lauzon and two women inside.
Mr. Lauzon was arrested and one of the officers discharged a TASER three times
to subdue him. As part of the SPS's protocol, Emergency Medical Services
personnel attended to remove the TASER darts from Mr. Lauzon.
    Mr. Lauzon was placed in a police cruiser to be taken to the station when
an officer became aware that Mr. Lauzon might have overdosed on some
prescription medicine. Police immediately transported Mr. Lauzon, who was
alert and responsive, to Sarnia General Hospital to be assessed.
    Shortly after his initial assessment, Mr. Lauzon's condition
deteriorated. On March 17, the SIU was notified that Mr. Lauzon was
unconscious and in critical condition. As a result, six SIU investigators were
assigned to probe the nature and extent of police involvement in this
incident.
    By March 18, Mr. Lauzon's condition had improved. He has since made a
full recovery.
    Director Cornish stated that the SIU became involved due to the fact that
Mr. Lauzon went into medical distress after he was tasered. The investigation
ended once investigators secured direct evidence that Mr. Lauzon's medical
condition was brought on by his ingestion of an overdose of prescription
medication. The Director stated, "None of the officers involved in this
incident did anything that caused or contributed to the serious medical
condition that Mr. Lauzon suffered on March 16, 2007."

    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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