SIU Concludes Investigation into Peterborough County Deaths



    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) James Cornish has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that any of the officers involved in this incident committed any
criminal offence.
    The SIU assigned four investigators and three forensic identification
technicians to probe the circumstances of this incident.
    The SIU investigation determined that at 1:40 a.m. December 9, 2007, a
shooting occurred in London, Ontario. Investigation revealed that Mr. Kovacs
had shot a man he believed was coming between him and the relationship he had
with Ms. Sedore. London Police Service subsequently issued a province wide
alert for Mr. Kovacs, Ms. Sedore, and Ms. Sedore's Acura MDX SUV.
    At 4:36 a.m. a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer was
travelling eastbound on Highway 401 west of the Highway 35/115 interchange. He
saw the Sedore Acura travelling eastbound as well. The officer began to follow
the Acura and requested the assistance of other DRPS officers as well as
officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Peterborough County
detachment. The SUV exited the 401 and travelled north on Highway No.115 into
the OPP's Peterborough County area.
    At 4:52 a.m. the DRPS officers activated their police cars' emergency
equipment to stop the Acura. The driver of the Acura would not stop and
rapidly accelerated in an attempt to get away from the police. At 4:59 a.m.
other OPP officers deployed a spike belt at County Road 10 and Moore Road,
Highway 7A interchange. The SUV went over the belt and its tires began to
deflate. Shortly afterwards, and only after striking a police cruiser that was
attempting to box him in, the SUV went off the road and stopped when it went
into a ditch.
    Officers immediately ran to the Acura in an attempt to apprehend
Mr. Kovacs, but by the time they got to the Acura, Mr. Kovacs had killed
himself with his shotgun. Tragically, at some point (either there at the scene
or earlier in the trip) Mr. Kovacs had killed Ms. Sedore by shooting her in
the chest with the shotgun as she sat in the passenger seat. The shotgun was
recovered between Mr. Kovacs' legs.
    Director Cornish said, "No officer caused or contributed to the deaths of
either of these two people, indeed it appears clear on the evidence that they
did all that could be expected of them as they tried to save Ms. Sedore and
apprehend Mr. Kovacs."

    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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