SIU Concludes Investigation into Mono Township Death

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Ian Scott, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an Orangeville Police Service (OPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the firearm death of a Mono Township man in September 2009.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that on September 12th, 2009, just shortly after midnight, OPS officers attended at a residence in Orangeville after learning that 39-year-old Heidi Ferguson had been shot. She was airlifted to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto where she was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the subject officer was dispatched to a Mono Township residence to assist in finding 42-year-old Hugh Ferguson, who was suspected in the shooting death of his wife. The officer was maintaining a surveillance position outside the residence when he heard a single gunshot from inside the house at 1:06 am. The subject officer remained outside of the house, while the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit entered the residence. In the master bedroom, they found Mr. Ferguson deceased with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Director Scott said, "A handgun was found on the bed and a handwritten note that could be construed as a suicide note was found in the kitchen. By all accounts, Mr. Ferguson committed suicide on his own accord and the subject officer was not involved in any way in the decedent's decision or action to end his own life."

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.

SOURCE SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

For further information: For further information: Monica Hudon, SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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