News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Barrie

Case Number: 23-OCD-036   

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SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Self-Inflicted Death in Barrie

Mississauga, ON (4 February, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man this afternoon in Barrie.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 12:10 p.m. on February 4, 2023, a woman fled from a vehicle in the east end of Barrie and contacted police. The vehicle left the scene.  
  • Barrie Police Service officers were able to track the vehicle of interest.
  • At approximately 2:30 p.m., in the area of Kempenfelt Drive and Nelson Square, officers made visual and verbal contact with the man. 
  • Officers initiated brief negotiations with the man.
  • Shortly after, the man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two investigators and two forensic investigators 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:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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 Communications/Service des communications, UES