News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Death in Kingston

Case Number: 23-OCD-260   

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SIU Investigating Death of Man in Kingston

Mississauga, ON (3 November, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Kingston Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 40-year-old man in July. As officers had been involved in a police operation seeking to arrest the man before he was discovered without vital signs, the SIU was notified and investigated.  

On July 6, 2023, officers were called as the man was waving a knife around. Officers confronted the man and directed him to drop the knife. He entered a residential unit, and stabbed a woman. The man appeared to barricade himself in the residence.
Officers eventually forced their way into the residence and found the man lying on the floor without a pulse. The man was declared deceased at the scene.
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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES