OPP officer is charged with violence

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The Canadian Press

Published Thursday, November 24, 2022 2:37 PM EST

Last updated Thursday, November 24, 2022 8:40 PM EST

BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. – An Ontario Provincial Police officer is facing a pair of assault charges, the province’s police watchdog said Thursday after the arrest of a man who was reportedly left with serious injuries.

The Special Investigations Unit said the OPP constable has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon in the arrest of the 43-year-old man.

The SIU said Bracebridge OPP officers were called to a Canadian Pacific Railway yard in Georgian Bay around 10 p.m. 3:20 a.m. on July 10 after a reported breaking and entering.

In an earlier press release, the agency had said officers tracked a suspect to a nearby retail area, where they shot him with a stun gun and arrested him.

The SIU said the man was sent to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries.

The watchdog is called in to investigate when police behavior may have resulted in death, serious personal injury, sexual assault or the firing of a firearm.

An OPP spokesman said the charged officer has been with the force for 24 years and is on an unrelated leave.

“Any potential investigation under the Police Act will only take place after the criminal charge is dealt with,” Gosia Puzio wrote in a statement.

The charged OPP constable is due to appear in a Bracebridge court on December 20.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.

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