Mississauga – Around 5 p.m. on April 14, 2018, several Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended an address in the Township of Perth East following a call reporting that the homeowner was armed and dangerous. Several hours later, and after numerous attempts made to negotiate with the man, the man shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPP officer in relation to the man’s death.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.