SIU continue death investigation
OPP officers responded to a reported domestic dispute at a Perth East property
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.
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.