MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable
grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a
criminal offence in connection with the death of a 65 year old Sudbury man in
Burwash Township on April 30, 2009.
Four investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU probed the
circumstances of this occurrence.
Director Scott concluded, "All the evidence gathered as a result of the
investigation suggests that Mr. Feick died as a result of a self-inflicted
gunshot wound. The subject officer simply happened to be the closest of a
group of officers responding to a call. The officers had nothing to do with
Mr. Feick's decision to end his 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.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou