TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) James Cornish, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that the actions of police officers contributed to the death of a Peel
Regional Police officer on June 13, 2008.
The body of the 41-year-old off-duty police officer was found inside his
locked personal vehicle around 4:30 a.m. in a laneway of a farmer's field in
Wellington County Roads 34 and 35 near Cambridge north of Highway 401.
A post-mortem examination confirmed that the 21-year veteran officer, a
resident of Cambridge, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head.
His service pistol was found in the vehicle.
"This is a tragic end to an unsuccessful and concerted effort made by
several police officers and civilians to convince this man to surrender
himself peacefully," concluded Mr. Cornish. "I can see no evidence that causes
me to believe that any officers caused or contributed to this man's death,
indeed; it appears to me that they did all they could to try to prevent it."
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529, For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca