SIU Investigates Explosion in Martintown, Ontario



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking
into the circumstances surrounding an explosion in Martintown, Ontario that
left one man and two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers injured.
    On June 9, 2008 at approximately 9 a.m., OPP officers responded to a
9-1-1 call at a house on Beaverbrook Road where a man was threatening suicide
and warning that he would burn down the house. As two officers entered the
residence, an explosion occurred, engulfing the residence.
    The 27-year-old suspect was airlifted to hospital in Ottawa and later
transferred by air ambulance to a medical facility in Quebec City where he
remains in critical condition with severe burns to his body. The two OPP
officers are also in hospital - one in Ottawa, the other in Cornwall - where
they are being treated for their injuries. They are reported in stable
condition. Two other OPP officers were treated for smoke inhalation.
    Eight SIU investigators, including three forensic experts, are on scene
working with the Office of the Fire Marshal and members of the OPP.

    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: John Yoannou, SIU Communications, Service des
communications, UES, Telephone, No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or, ou
1-800-787-8529

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