SIU con­tinue death in­ves­ti­ga­tion

OPP of­fi­cers re­sponded to a re­ported do­mes­tic dis­pute at a Perth East prop­erty

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JONATHAN JUHA STAFF RE­PORTER

At the re­quest of fam­ily mem­bers, On­tario’s po­lice watch­dog will not be re­leas­ing the iden­tity of a 61-year-old man who died Satur­day dur­ing a stand­off north of Strat­ford.

The prov­ince’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit (SIU) is prob­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of the man in Perth East. The death hap­pened af­ter po­lice fired anti-riot plas­tic pro­jec­tiles at the man.

Mon­ica Hudon, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor with the prov­ince’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit (SIU), said it is the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s prac­tice not to re­lease the name of a vic­tim dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion with­out the con­sent of the fam­ily.

Though now an SIU in­ves­ti­ga­tion, an OPP ve­hi­cle re­mained at a prop­erty on Perth Line 49 Mon­day be­tween Perth Road 135 and Perth Road 140 where the hours-long stand­off took place.

Ac­cess to the area was re­stricted.

OPP of­fi­cers re­sponded to one of two homes on the prop­erty at about 4:50 p.m. Satur­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing calls about a do­mes­tic dis­pute. The OPP emer­gency re­sponse and tac­ti­cal units were also called to the scene.

In a state­ment Sun­day, the SIU said OPP of­fi­cers en­coun­tered a man, con­tained him on the prop­erty and be­gan to ne­go­ti­ate with him.

At some point dur­ing the po­lice re­sponse, plas­tic pro­jec­tiles were fired at the 61-year old man from an anti-riot weapon. Shortly af­ter that, the man sus­tained a gun­shot wound and he was pro­nounced dead at 10:15 p.m.

At this time, in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that only the anti-riot weapon was fired. No other po­lice weapon is be­lieved to have been dis­charged, the SIU said.

Four SIU in­ves­ti­ga­tors and two foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors are as­signed to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The agency plans to in­ter­view two of­fi­cers and 19 other po­lice of­fi­cer wit­nesses.

The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that in­ves­ti­gates in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice where there has been death, se­ri­ous in­jury or al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion urges any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion to call 1-800-787-8529. Any­one with video ev­i­dence is asked to up­load that video through the SIU web­site.

JONATHAN JUHA/THE BEA­CON HER­ALD

Im­age of the Perth East prop­erty on Perth Line 49 be­tween Perth Road 135 and Perth Road 140, north of Strat­ford, where the prov­ince’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit (SIU) is prob­ing the death of a 61-year-old man who died Satur­day dur­ing a stand­off with the OPP.

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