No Charges in Man’s Death Following Police Interaction in Port Hope

On May 25, 2021 at 11:50 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that on May 24, 2021, at about 4:20 p.m., police officers responded to a domestic call at the Comfort Inn in Port Hope.  OPP officers had interactions at a room with the Complainant. The Complainant was known to the police. The OPP officers removed a female from the hotel and took her to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Sometime later, OPP officers and Port Hope Police Service (PHPS) officers returned to the Comfort Inn to arrest the Complainant. Officers knocked on the Complainant’s room door but did not get a response. Police officers returned again sometime later but did not locate the Complainant.  

On May 25, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., OPP officers attended the hotel but there was no answer at the Complainant’s room.  

At 9:25 a.m., officers attended the Complainant’s workplace, but he was not there. 

At 9:45 a.m., officers entered the Complainant’s room and found him hanging in the shower. The Complainant was pronounced dead.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 35-year-old man’s self-inflicted death in Port Hope last May.

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