News Release

SIU Terminates Guelph Investigation after Medical Records Reveal no Serious Injury

Case Number: 22-OCI-022   

Mississauga, ON (28 April, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the January arrest of a 30-year-old man in Guelph.

In the early morning of January 23, 2022, Guelph Police Service officers attended a home in the area of Elmira Road South and Paisley Road, and arrested the man for assault. While at the police station, the man complained of pain in his right shoulder. As a result, he was transported to hospital for examination.  

Based on preliminary inquiries, which included a review of the man’s medical records, Director Martino concluded that the man did not appear to have suffered a ‘serious injury’ within the SIU’s mandate. The file has been closed.

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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES