SIU Investigates Man's Injury in Sarnia

    TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
investigating the nature and extent of police involvement in an incident that
occurred on March 16, 2007, in Sarnia.
    At approximately 5:45 p.m. yesterday evening, Sarnia Police Service (SPS)
officers responded to a domestic dispute at 275 Finch Drive. The officers
entered the apartment and attempted to arrest a 43-year-old man. There was a
confrontation during the course of the arrest and officers used a TASER device
on the man. He was subdued and taken into police custody. A short time later,
officers became aware that the man needed medical assistance and brought him
to Sarnia General Hospital where he was admitted.
    The SIU was notified early this morning when the man's condition
deteriorated. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in critical
condition. The SIU has assigned six investigators to probe the circumstances
of the arrest and determine what role, if any, the police played in the man's
injuries. There is no further information on the nature of his injuries at
this time.
    SIU investigators have designated one subject and seven witness officers
from the SPS. The investigation is continuing.
    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving
police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or
death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are
warranted based on the findings of a complete 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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