SIU Concludes Shelburne Investigation

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that an Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) officer is not criminally liable for the serious injuries to a
35-year-old man.
    Four SIU investigators were assigned to examine the nature and extent of
police involvement in the circumstances surrounding this man's injuries. The
investigation revealed that on February 14, 2007, at approximately 2:55 p.m.,
Shelburne Police Service (SPS) officers responded to a call about a man who
had broken into his estranged wife's home on Andrews Street in Shelburne. SPS
officers arrived and found the man barricaded in the loft of the garage. An
officer entered the garage and attempted to talk to the man; the man was
incoherent at times and refused the officer's repeated requests to come down
from the loft.
    At approximately 3:24 p.m., the SPS contacted the Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) because there was an indication the man's irrational behaviour
was escalating. An OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) officer tried,
unsuccessfully, to convince the man to come down from the loft. A while later,
TRU officers used an extendable mirror and a listening device and saw that the
man was still and quiet. At approximately 12:00 a.m., TRU officers entered the
loft and found the man unconscious. He was removed from the garage and taken
to hospital where he was treated for chemical poisoning.
    Having reviewed all of the available evidence, the Director concluded
that the police clearly played no role in this man's injuries.

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

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