News Release

SIU Updates Investigation into Shooting Death in Port Credit

Case Number: 05-PCD-154

TORONTO (22 September, 2005) --- Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) have confirmed that the identity of the man who died while in police custody is James Maltar, 45 years of age.

On September 18, 2005, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer arrested Mr. Maltar on Highway 403 for a traffic violation and brought him to the Port Credit detachment. The officer was attempting to lodge Mr. Maltar into a holding cell and became involved in a struggle with him, resulting in shots being fired from a police firearm.

A post mortem examination determined Mr. Maltar died from a gunshot wound to his head.

The SIU has designated two subject and four witness officers as part of the probe. The involved officers' firearms, duty belts and clothing have been seized for forensic testing.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations
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