UPDATE – Special Investigations Unit looking into death

The Special Investigations Unit is on scene of the Campbell apartment buildings, January 24, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Mississauga, ON (24 January, 2021) – The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30-year-old man last night in Sault Ste. Marie.

Preliminary information suggests the following:

  • At approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 23, 2021, Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officers were dispatched to an apartment building located at 275 Albert Street East for an unwanted person. It had been reported that a man was in the lobby and was in possession of a knife.
  • Upon arrival, officers located the man and requested numerous times that he drop the knife. When the man would not drop the knife, a conducted energy weapon was deployed by officers.
  • The man proceeded to harm himself.
  • He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 8:41 p.m.

Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. One subject officer and eight witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation 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.

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.

NOTE TO READERS: The original story has been updated with the correct address 275 Albert Street East for the apartment building. The media release initially had indicated 725 Albert Street West.