SIU Investigates Incident in Peterborough County



    TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing
the circumstances of an incident in which two people have died in Peterborough
County.
    Earlier this morning, Durham Regional Police Service officers were
following a silver Acura SUV in relation to an attempted homicide that
occurred in London. At approximately 4:45 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) officers from the Peterborough County detachment were called to assist
as the SUV traveled north on Highway No. 115 into the OPP's Peterborough
County area.
    The SUV went over a police spike belt south of Hwy No. 7A and continued
traveling northbound on Hwy No. 115. Shortly afterwards, the driver of the SUV
lost control and went into a ditch. OPP officers approached the car and found
there were two people inside the car. Both of them appeared to be suffering
from fatal gunshot wounds.
    Eight SIU investigators are investigating the circumstances surrounding
the deaths to determine what role, if any, the police played. SIU
investigators are in the process of confirming the identification of the male
driver and female passenger. The investigation is continuing.

    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.





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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