News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Quinte West

Case Number: 22-PCD-124   

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Mississauga, ON (5 May, 2022) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 36-year-old man today in Quinte West while in the custody of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 5, 2022, OPP officers with the Quinte West detachment arrested the man in the area of Front Street and Dundas Street West. 
  • The man was taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. 
  • At approximately 10:30 a.m., the man was found to be unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was called, and officers commenced first aid on the man, including the administration of naloxone. 
  • Upon arrival, EMS took over care of the man. 
  • At 11:14 a.m., the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

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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Monica Hudon, siu.media@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES