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Ottawa police cleared over man’s ‘self-inflicted’ injuries: SIU

The Special Investigations Unit is terminating an investigation into an Ottawa detective after determining the officer had no responsibility for a man's 'self-inflicted' wounds. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

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The head of Ontario’s police watchdog says there’s no basis for an investigation after a man gave himself serious injuries following a call from an Ottawa detective.

Joseph Martino, director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), said in a release Monday that the provincial police watchdog has terminated an investigation into injuries sustained by a 51-year-old man in Carlsbad Springs last month.

The release stated that an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) detective phoned the man in his east Ottawa home on Jan. 26 to tell him that he was under investigation for an incident.

An OPS spokesperson later told Global News the man was under investigation by the force’s sexual assault and child abuse unit, and said he was subsequently charged with multiple sexual offences in early February.

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Afterwards, the man slit his wrists and shot himself with a nail gun, according to the SIU. He was then transported to hospital with serious injuries.

An SIU spokesperson confirmed to Global News that the man survived his injuries.

Martino said in the release that, based on a review of emergency medical services and police communication recordings, there is “patently nothing to investigate” as far as the detective’s criminal responsibility for the man’s wounds.

“On this record, it is evident that the man is alone responsible for the grievous injuries he self-inflicted. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed,” Martino said.

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