SIU to investigate death of 55-year-old man

The death of a 55-year-old man who went into medical distress while at the Barrie police station on Sept. 5 is being investigated by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
In a news release dated Oct. 1 the SIU says it is “investigating the circumstances surrounding the death” of the man, who died on Sept. 27. According to the unit, “preliminary information suggests the following:”
• On Sept. 5, Barrie Police Service officers arrested the man and took him to the police station. While at the police station, the man went into medical distress
• Emergency Medical Services transported the man to hospital and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
• At 11:04 p.m. on Sept. 27, the man was pronounced dead.
“At this time, one subject officer and one witness officer have been designated. The post-mortem is scheduled for today (Oct. 1),” the release states.
The SIU continues that it 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.