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OPP cleared of any role in Washagamis Bay man's death

29-year-old died about a week after interaction with police

KENORA, Ont. -- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has determined that the death of a 29-year-old man in the Kenora area was unrelated to his interactions or contacts with Ontario Provincial Police.

In a report on the incident, the SIU said the man was arrested in Washagamis Bay both on February 27, 2018 and February 28, 2018 by the OPP, was lodged in a cell on each occasion, and in both instances was released a short time later.

Reasons for the arrests were not detailed in the report.

ON March 5, 2018 paramedics and police were dispatched to the man's residence in Washagamis Bay as a result of him being in medical distress.

He was taken to Kenora hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to SIU Director Tony Loparco, a post-mortem exam revealed no serious injury, including no recent or visible fractures, and the coroner ruled that the cause of death was acute pneumonia.

Loparco has now terminated the SIU investigation.



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