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OPP found not criminally responsible for self-inflicted death in Cameron

DAN CEARNS The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has found Ontario Provincial Police are not criminally responsible for the death of a man in an incident in Cameron in June.

According to the SIU, on June 1st at about 8:30 a.m., “the Ontario Provincial Police received a 911 call from a residence on McLarens Creek Road regarding an unwanted man at the home.”

Officers were then sent to the home where they saw the man the call reported “and a short time later, the man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” No police officer fired their weapon at the scene of the incident. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“As Ontario Provincial Police officers were in proximity to the man at the time, the SIU was notified and initiated an investigation. The investigation is now concluded,” read an SIU press release posted on Friday, September 29th. “On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.”

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