News Release

SIU Determines No Charges to Issue in Relation to Ottawa Incident

Case Number: 22-OCI-308   

Mississauga, ON (31 March, 2023) ---
On December 3, 2022, a 56-year-old man suffered a self-inflicted serious injury while engaged with three Ottawa Police Service officers. Two of the officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the ensuing SIU investigation. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to conclude that either officer comported himself other than lawfully in their dealings with the man. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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