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January

27 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest in Leamington and Subsequent Hospitalization

On May 6, 2020, a 17-year-old male was sent to hospital from the Ontario Provincial Police Leamington Detachment, where he was in custody, for treatment of an apparent drug overdose. The officer who had earlier arrested the teenager and lodged him in cells was identified as the subject officer for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the male’s arrest and subsequent admission to hospital.

27 January, 2021

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Midland

On September 25, 2020, a 32-year-old woman was arrested in Midland by an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer and taken into custody.  The following evening, the woman contacted the OPP to report that her right arm had been fractured in the course of the arrest. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s arrest.

26 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Man in Attempt to Flee Police in London

On October 1, 2020, a 23-year-old man suffered fractures and a dislocation of bones in his left foot as he fled from the police in the area of the White Oaks Mall in London. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

25 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Alfred

On February 11, 2020, a sheriff attended a home in Alfred to enforce an eviction notice. When the 50-year-old homeowner indicated he had no intention of leaving the home, the sheriff contacted the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance. When an officer spoke with the man, the man explained he had several firearms in the house. As a result, a decision was made to set up containment around the property. At about 12:30 p.m., the man was seen opening a front window and closing the blinds to the same window. Within minutes, flames were seen within the home and smoke was billowing from the window. The man was discovered deceased in the basement of the home. He had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.

25 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Brampton

On July 1, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to an address in Brampton to check on the well-being of a 32-year-old man. When an officer decided to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act, the man – who recognized that he was in mental distress and in need of his medication – peacefully surrendered. However, as the man was being escorted down the stairs, he began to resist his arrest. Officers took the man to the ground and attempted to hold him in place pending the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics arrived, administered a sedative to the man and he was taken to hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

25 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Collision in Hamilton

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vehicle collision that occurred last night in Hamilton, resulting in serious injuries to a 44-year-old man.

24 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Sault Ste. Marie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old man last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

22 January, 2021

Woman’s Admittance to ICU a Result of Drug Overdose; SIU Discontinues Guelph Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident last month in Guelph.

22 January, 2021

SIU Discontinues Trenton Investigation as Man Alone was Responsible for Injury

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 27-year-old man earlier this month in Trenton.

22 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Jump from London Apartment Balcony

On September 24, 2020, a 21-year-old man contacted police as he wanted another man removed from his apartment. Two London Police Service officers attended the apartment and executed a peaceful arrest of the man for whom there was an arrest warrant. As officers were escorting the man from the apartment building, they learned that someone had jumped from an apartment balcony. One of the officers went to the scene of the fall in order to help the individual, who turned out to be the 21-year-old man who had earlier contacted police. The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with pelvic fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Marathon Collision Following Police Pursuit

On October 16, 2020, a 47-year-old man suffered a fractured left-sided rib in a motor vehicle collision north of Marathon. As the vehicle he was in had briefly been pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer moments before the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

21 January, 2021

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Bracebridge Arrest

On June 23, 2020, a 56-year-old man was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers in Bracebridge. Several weeks later, the man was diagnosed with multiple un-displaced or minimally displaced rib fractures. As the injuries were not new at the time they were diagnosed, there was evidence to suggest that they were the result of the force inflicted on the man in the course of his arrest weeks earlier. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

21 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Burlington Collision

In the early morning hours of June 13, 2020, a 29-year-old man dislocated his left hip and fractured his left femur in a motor vehicle collision. As the vehicle in which the man was traveling was being pursued by a Halton Regional Police Service officer at the time, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

20 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man in Ottawa last night.

20 January, 2021

SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to Orillia Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with a 43-year-old woman in September of 2019. As a result, Director Martino has caused a charge to be laid against the officer. The matter was brought to the attention of the SIU by a civilian on April 15, 2020.

20 January, 2021

No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge a Peel Regional Police Officer in Connection with the Shooting Death of Jamal Francique

On January 7, 2020, Jamal Francique was shot by a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer in the course of his arrest in Mississauga.  Mr. Francique was taken to hospital and remained alive on life support until he passed away on January 10, 2020.  The SIU was notified and commenced an investigation.  

Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no grounds for proceeding with charges against the officer notwithstanding Mr. Francique’s death, and the file is closed.

19 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 42-year-old man that occurred in October of 2020.

15 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Fort Erie

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old man in Fort Erie this week.

15 January, 2021

Man Injured After Falling Out of Apartment Bedroom Window; SIU Terminates Collingwood Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 42-year-old man in Collingwood.

15 January, 2021

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hamilton

In the early hours of September 24, 2020, a 54-year-old man and two others were caught by police officers while leaving a Signature Vape shop which they had just broken into. After the arrest was completed by police, it was discovered that the 54-year-old had several fractured bones in his left foot. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe any police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

15 January, 2021

Update Regarding Kawartha Lakes Investigation

The SIU investigation into the circumstances of an incident that resulted in the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 33-year-old father is ongoing. Both sustained gunshot wounds on November 26, 2020 in the City of Kawartha Lakes in the course of an interaction between the father and Ontario Provincial Police officers. The child was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the father succumbed to his injuries almost one week later. 

14 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Peterborough Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2020.

14 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Shoots Man in Scarborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting tonight in Scarborough.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Apprehension of Woman in Whitby

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the apprehension of a 35-year-old woman in Whitby in June of 2018. On December 3, 2020, the woman contacted the SIU to report she had suffered a shoulder injury in the course of her apprehension.

13 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Caledonia Arrest

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 62-year-old man in Caledonia. 

12 January, 2021

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Beaverton ATV Collision

In the early morning hours of September 27, 2020, two police officers from the Durham Regional Police Service, investigating reports of suspicious motor vehicle activity on Simcoe Street in Beaverton, interacted with a man who was driving an ATV. The ATV crashed, and the man suffered four broken ribs on his left side and a broken scapula. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence during their encounter with the man.

11 January, 2021

SIU Finds no Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Brant Collision

On June 27, 2020, a 36-year-old man fractured his left arm when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch in Brant. As the man’s vehicle was being pursued by an Ontario Provincial Police officer prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.

7 January, 2021

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Drug Overdose in Barrie Police Station Cell

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 44-year-old man in Barrie. 

6 January, 2021

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Fatally Shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake

In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 27-year-old Martin Gordyn of the Niagara Region as the man who was fatally shot yesterday during an interaction with police officers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

5 January, 2021

Youth in Yarker Sustained Injury after Jump from Balcony; SIU Terminates Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in November by a 16-year-old male in Yarker. 

5 January, 2021

SIU Investigating After Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man this afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

2 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Ottawa

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man today in Ottawa.

1 January, 2021

SIU Investigating Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a multi-vehicle collision that occurred today in Toronto, resulting in serious injuries to two people.