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SIU closes book on suicide case ber 16-PCD-121 are available to the public at gations-unit-siu-directors-reports. Certain details such as names of officers involved in the case, names of civilian witnesses, name of the deceased, and other details concer- ning investigationmethods may be withheld under the Ontario Freedomof Information and Protection of Personal Privacy Act. The SIUwas called in following results of a call Hawkesbury OPP officers answered on May 13, 2016, about a 41-year-old man inThe NationMunicipality who had locked himself in his garage. The man’s wife cal- of six, including two forensic investigators, to the case. They reviewed the scene, took photographs, measurements, and sketches, and collected trace evidence for later exami- nation. They also interviewed both civilian and police witnesses, collected notes from all attending officers and also other officers indirectly involved in the case, and attended the later post-mortem examination. A 30.06 bolt-action rifle was found on a shelf in the garage but there were no bullets of that calibre found in the building. The post-mortem report sent to the SIU stated that the man’s death resulted from a self- inflicted hanging.


A five-page suicide note was found on a table inside the garage. It was addressed to the wife and children of the deceased. SIU investigators noted that at some point prior to his death and before the police were called in, theman had sent amessage by Facebook to his wife, asking whether or not the family’s life insurance policies were all up to date. In his final report, Director Loparco stated that it was certain that the deceased “took his own life without any intervention by police” and there are no reasonable grounds to conclude that police failed to take all steps necessary to try to prevent the result. The SIU has now closed its file on the case.

An investigation into a case of suicide, last year inThe NationMunicipality, has clea- red the Hawkesbury OPP detachment of any blame in the matter. The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has finished its investigation of the suicide of a 41-year-old man of The Nation, on May 13, 2016. The SIU is an arms-length agency created through the Ontario Police Services Act to investigate cases involving Ontario police officers where a death or injury has

occurred or where there is an allegation of sexual assault, to determine whether or not charges may be warranted against an officer. SIU Director Tony Loparco filed a report with the Attorney Ge- neral’s office on the results of the agency’s

led police early that morning, fearing for her husband because there were guns inside the ga- rage and he had loc- ked himself in there because of “a mar- riage breakdown” between them. OPP officers from the Hawkesbury

Une unité d’enquête spéciale a déterminé que la PPO de Hawkesbury avait agi avec tous les soins et l’attention voulus pour régler un incident, survenu l’année dernière dans la municipalité de La Nation, qui s’est terminé par un suicide.

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investigation of the May 13, 2016 suicide case and was directed to make the report public. Director Loparco stated that “there are no reasonable grounds” for charges against any member of the OPP and that the Hawkesbury detachment acted accor- ding to all procedures set out for dealing with such a situation. The SIU investigation report of Case Num-

detachment and the Emergency Response Tactical Unit (ERT) arrived at the site. They first tried to talk to the man through the garage door and also tried to contact him by cellphone and through text messaging. When that failed, a police drone robot was used to break the door down. Inside, officers found theman hanging froma garage beam. The SIUwas notified and assigned a team

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is putting the Plantagenet Public School up for sale.The UCDSB closed the school September this year following results of a study to determine what facilities are now surplus to the district’s needs given the current decline in overall student population for the UCDSB. —photo Gregg Chamberlain


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