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Province's watchdog investigating death of man near Little Current

Police say the man died of injuries related to a gunshot wound
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MISSISSAUGA – The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man in Little Current, located on Manitoulin Island.

Preliminary information suggests the following:  

  • At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a home in the area of Little Current in regard to a domestic incident. They had information that a man had possession of a weapon and had barricaded himself in a residence.  
  • Officers contained the area and made attempts to contact the man.  
  • Some time later, officers entered the residence and located the man. He had sustained a gunshot wound. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Based on the preliminary information, the gunshot wound is believed to have been self-inflicted. Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation of sexual assault.