The province’s Special Investigation Unit Director Tony LaParco has shut-down the Unit’s investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Parry Sound man in September 2018.

On August 29, 2018, West Parry Sound OPP officers arrived at a home in Parry Sound as part of their investigation of a bank robbery.

A man of interest identified himself to the officers, but he refused to open the door and told an officer that he did not want to live.

Once getting in, police found the man lying on the floor, banging his head.

While the police officers were having a discussion with the man, he started to convulse and he went into medical distress.

Parry Sound EMS arrived on scene and performed CPR on the man.

He was then taken to hospital where he was placed in the ICU for suspected drug ingestion.

On September 7, 2018, the man was taken off life support and declared dead.

A post-mortem examination was conducted and determined the cause of death was Acute Cocaine and Fentanyl intoxication complicated by brain damage due to a lack of oxygen and pneumonia.

The man also had minor scrapes and cuts on his face associated with banging his head on the floor.

In a statement released on Monday, Director Loparco said, “The man died of a drug overdose prior to his contact with police, in conjunction with other medical issues. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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.