The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a man was critically injured during an interaction with Durham Regional Police on Saturday (Oct. 2).
A release from the SIU states they are investigating the injuries suffered by the man following a single-vehicle collision and police deployment of a conducted energy weapon.
As per the SIU, “preliminary information” suggests there was a single-vehicle collision on Highway 115 north of Highway 407 at approximately noon on Saturday.
“There was an interaction with the man involved in the collision and the Durham Regional Police Service. Police deployed a CEW at the man,” reads the SIU release.
The man was taken to hospital in critical condition.
According to an update shared by the SIU on Sunday (Oct. 3) morning, the 48-year-old man has died of his injuries.
Update: The critically injured man, 48, died in hospital early this morning. Updated news release to follow. https://t.co/a1dBWj1f2u
— Special Investigations Unit (@SIUOntario) October 3, 2021
A subsequent release from the SIU notes the man was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m. Sunday.
Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.
“The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website,” continues the release.
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