SIU clears Gananoque Police in woman's sudden death

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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared the Gananoque Police Service of any wrongdoing after a woman died suddenly while being interviewed last May.

Early in the afternoon of May 24, a 63-year-old woman went to the police station to make a report about a family member and a missing vehicle. While speaking with an officer in their interview room, the woman suddenly fell into medical distress.

“The officer quickly sought medical attention, and firefighters and paramedics soon arrived,” the SIU report states. “The woman was taken to hospital where she passed away.”

The incident was reported to the SIU and they started their investigation. A post-mortem exam was performed and the coroner determined the woman’s cause of death was atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.
“As it is apparent based on the SIU preliminary inquiries that the woman died of natural causes and through no fault of any police officer, there is palpably nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any officer is concerned,” interim director of the SIU, Joseph Martino, said in his report. “Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”
The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation describes coronary artery disease as the most common form of heart disease. It is caused when the major arteries in the heart are blocked or narrowed.