SIU Concludes Investigation into North Bay Man's Injuries

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the
officer involved with a 23-year-old North Bay man in Mattawa in July 2007
committed a criminal offence.
    The SIU investigation has determined that on July 29, 2007, two officers
from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were working at a community festival
in Mattawa. They were told by a festival-goer that there was a man hiding in
some nearby bushes. They went to investigate and when they found the man they
asked him what he was doing. The man immediately ran from them and dove off a
dock into the shallow waters of the Ottawa River. When the officers got to the
dock they saw the man floating face down in the river. One of the officers
jumped in and immediately provided assistance to the man while the other
officer called for an ambulance. The man was eventually removed from the river
by ambulance personnel and taken to hospital for treatment.
    Director Cornish concluded, "In my view there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence." The Director
further commented that there was no physical contact between the man and the
two officers prior to him diving into the river. He added, "The evidence
reveals that the officer's actions after the man dove into the water likely
saved his life."

    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: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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