SIU Concludes Investigation in Colborne

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable
grounds to believe that two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the
Brighton Detachment committed a criminal offence in relation to the April
death of a Colborne man.
    Three investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU were
assigned to probe the circumstances of this occurrence.
    The SIU investigation determined that shortly after midnight on April 26,
2009, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) went to a third floor apartment on
King Street regarding a 9 1 1 call. While conducting their investigation the
officers determined that 20 year old Cody Wilkins of Colborne had jumped out
of the apartment window. Officers found Mr. Wilkins outside on the ground
below the apartment window. Mr. Wilkins was taken to Northumberland Hills
Hospital where he later died.
    Director Scott said, "The two subject officers were dispatched to a
disturbance call. They were initially refused entry into the apartment, but
were eventually admitted. Mr. Wilkins was in the apartment when the police
arrived and took it upon himself to jump out of the apartment's window in an
attempt to escape apprehension by them. There is no suggestion that the
subject officers had anything to do with Mr. Wilkins's act of perilously
jumping from the window. Accordingly, no criminality attaches to the
officers's acts."

    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

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