News Release

SIU Investigating Serious Injury of Man After Police Interaction in Penetanguishene

Case Number: 23-PCD-357   

Mississauga, ON (1 September, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injury of a 35-year-old man last night in Penetanguishene.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Yesterday morning, Halton Regional Police officers went to a property in the area of Laurier Road to execute search warrants. The man barricaded himself in an RV on the property. 
  • Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Unit officers attended as well as a negotiator.
  • At about 9:30 p.m., OPP officers deployed pepper spray into the RV. The man left the vehicle. The man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • The man has been transported to a Toronto hospital.
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:

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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES