SIU Investigates Custody Death in Norfolk County

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) continues
its investigation into the custody death of 36-year-old Jeffrey Mark Marreel
of no fixed address.
    On Monday June 23, 2008 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Mr. Marrell was shot
with a Taser by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer who had responded
to a call about a suspicious man at the intersection of Front Street and
Fishers Glen Road in Norfolk County. He was taken to the Simcoe OPP Detachment
where he went into medical distress and later died at Norfolk General
    An autopsy has been conducted, but further forensic tests have been
ordered to assist in determining the exact cause of death.
    The SIU has assigned six investigators, including two forensic
investigators, to probe the sequence of events, circumstances leading up to
the altercation with police and the background of the individual.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or
may be able to assist the investigation to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529.

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

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