SIU Concludes Investigation into Heidelberg Death

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Ian Scott, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to the firearm death of a Heidelberg man last month.

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

The SIU investigation determined that on the evening of October 13th, 2009, WRPS officers attended a residence in Heidelberg after receiving information that 64-year-old John Rung was threatening to harm himself, and that he had access to firearms. After arriving, the subject officer drew his firearm and took a position behind his police cruiser. He received further information that Mr. Rung had left the residence and was proceeding to a nearby bush with a long gun. Shortly thereafter, the officer heard a muffled bang, and later received information that Mr. Rung died of a close range shotgun wound to the head.

Director Scott said, "By all accounts, Mr. Rung's death was caused by a self-inflicted firearms wound. There is no evidence to suggest that the subject officer discharged his firearm or had any direct contact with Mr. Rung proximate to the moment of death. Accordingly, he cannot be held criminally liable for Mr. Rung's unfortunate death."

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: 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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