SIU Probes Sault Ste. Marie Man's Injuries

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Three investigators, including one forensic
identification technician, from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are
probing the circumstances surrounding the injuries to a 81-year-old man this
morning in Sault Ste. Marie.
    At 8:33 a.m. this morning the Sault Ste. Marie Police were called to the
Sault Ste. Marie Hospital to investigate a report of a man armed with a gun.
Officers arrived and learned the man was in a hospital room on the second
floor. The officers cleared the surrounding area around the room. A short time
later, the man came out into the hallway and officers moved in to arrest him.
During the course of the arrest, the man suffered a cut to his head and a
broken elbow.
    After he was arrested it was determined that the man had a pellet gun.
    SIU investigators are currently en route to Sault Ste. Marie to begin an
investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man's serious injury. No
further details are available at this time.

    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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