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Ontario police watchdog probing death of 61-year-old Ottawa man

The Ottawa Police Service is subject to an SIU investigation regarding the death of a 61-year-old man on July 15, 2021. Global News

The Special Investigations Unit, Ontario’s police watchdog, is invoking its mandate to investigate the circumstances of a 61-year-old man’s death in Ottawa on Thursday afternoon.

The SIU said in a brief release Friday that officers with the Ottawa Police Service attended a Woodroffe Avenue home at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday to make an arrest.

According to preliminary information, a man answered the door, returned back into the home and was found dead inside by police a short time later.

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An SIU spokesperson said Friday they did not have information on what charges the man was facing. The Ottawa Police Service would not comment on the case.

The SIU is a civilian agency called in to investigate cases of serious injury, death or sexual assault involving police services in Ontario.

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529. Those with video evidence are asked to upload footage via the SIU website.

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