News Release

SIU Investigating Firearm-related Death of Woman in Burks Falls

Case Number: 21-PFD-244   

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Mississauga, ON (6 August, 2021) ---
On Thursday August 5, 2021 at approximately 8:19 pm, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a Burks Falls residence for an unwanted person. Two officers arrived and were confronted by a female wielding a knife.  An interaction ensued and both officers discharged their pistols.  The female was struck and mortally wounded.  A third responding officer performed CPR, but the resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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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