SIU Terminates Investigation into Death in Hamilton



    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has
terminated its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of
33-year-old Gregory Russell.
    The SIU was notified that on January 30, 2007, at about 4:30 p.m., the
Hamilton Police Service (HPS) received a 911 call about a man who was
seriously injured and inside a home on Tragina Avenue North in Hamilton. The
police learned that in addition to the injured man, there were three other
people inside the home.
    HPS officers, including those from the Emergency Response Unit, responded
to the call and entered the home. Tactical Response Unit officers from the
Halton Regional Police Service also attended to assist. Officers removed the
injured man and two women from the house. The injured man was taken to
hospital where he died. The HPS is investigating this man's death.
    The remaining occupant, later identified as Gregory Russell, remained
barricaded inside the house. At about 7:00 p.m., HPS officers re-entered the
home and found Mr. Russell with what appeared to be a fatal gunshot wound.
    Six SIU investigators were sent to Hamilton to examine the nature and
extent of police involvement in all the circumstances surrounding Mr.
Russell's death. As part of the investigation, investigators attended Mr.
Russell's post mortem examination that took place this morning. Based on all
the evidence gathered, SIU investigators determined it appeared Mr. Russell's
injuries were self-inflicted. SIU Director James Cornish stated, "Given that
there is no reason to believe that any of the involved HPS officers caused or
contributed to this man's death, the SIU investigation into this man's death
has been terminated."

    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 (800)
787-8529

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