Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit has ended its investigation involving the death of a 61-year-old man in Parry Sound.
On September 22nd, a man collapsed on the sidewalk near the intersection of Seguin and James St.
Passersby at the scene were able to get the attention of a West Parry Sound OPP Officer who then checked the man for vital signs. One person mentioned to the officer the man had just left a drug treatment centre.
The officer determined the man was not breathing and had no pulse and based on the information provided, administered Narcan nasal spray, the life-saving drug containing naloxone that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The collapsed man was then taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead
On Wednesday, Director of the SIU, Tony Laparco announced in a statement that medical evidence had indicated the man died of a heart attack and the naloxone given by the officer was harmless.
As a result, the investigation was ended.
Ontario’s SIU is an independent civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. It’s one of the few civilian agencies in the world that has the power to both investigate and charge police officers with a criminal offence.