September 3, 2018 12:31 pm

SIU to investigate after London man found seriously injured outside police cruiser

The SIU is an arms-length civilian agency that investigates allegations of serious injury, death or sexual assault involving Ontario police forces.

Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) will be investigating the circumstances surrounding injuries sustained by a 20-year-old London man, who the SIU says was initially found lying outside a police cruiser.

While the incident remains under investigation, the SIU has provided preliminary information that suggests a series of events took place on Sunday just after midnight.

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In a release, the SIU says an officer with London police was responding to the area of Leroy Avenue and Taylor Street.

While operating his cruiser, the SIU says the officer heard a sound. The officer then exited the vehicle and found an injured man lying outside.

The man was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

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A team of four investigators, two of whom focus on forensics, have been assigned to the case, along with a collision reconstructionist. A subject officer and three witness officers have also been designated to help with the investigation.

On Sunday morning, a 980 CFPL listener reported seeing police blockade about 14 houses on Leroy Avenue up until at least 10:30 a.m.

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No further details have been released, and anyone with information that may help investigators is urged to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529. Anyone with video evidence related to the incident is urged to upload it via the SIU’s website.

Known as Ontario’s police watchdog, the SIU investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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