Posted on Monday May 27, 2019 at 2:10 p.m.
SIU investigates Hawkesbury man’s death
The death of a man in Hawkesbury early in May is now under investigation.
The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old man in Hawkesbury earlier in May.
The SIU is an arms-length investigative department which becomes involved in police cases where death or serious injury has occurred or where there is an allegation of sexual assault against a police officer.
SIU case 19-PCD-112 concerns a Hawkesbury OPP case on May 1 at about 1 a.m., when police were called to an apartment building on Abbott Street. The call concerned a man reported to be in distress. Police entered the apartment unit and found a man on the unit balcony. SIU preliminary investigation indicates police spoke to the man. At some point during the encounter between the officers and the man, a taser device was used to subdue the man.
The man’s heart stopped and he was not breathing after the taser was used. CPR was performed and the man started breathing again. He was taken to hospital for further treatment.
The SIU was then called in to do an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the May 1 incident. The SIU preliminary case stated that the man was still at the hospital on May 10 when he was then pronounced dead.
Further investigation of the incident continues. The SIU requests that anyone who may have information related to the case to call toll-free to 1-800-787-8529 and ask to speak to the lead investigator for the case. Anyone with video evidence related to the incident can upload it to the SIU website at www.siu.on.ca.
No further details on the incident are available until after the SIU concludes its investigation.