The Special Investigations Unit has cleared Waterloo Regional Police of any wrong-doing in the death of a 29-year-old man in August 2012.

In the events in question, Regional Police were called to a residence on Cedar Street in Cambridge, after learning a woman had been badly hurt
by her ex-boyfriend, whom may have had access to a rifle.

The subject officer tried to reach the suspect from a nearby command post via telephone, to no response. That is when a breach of the front door was organized.

After entering the home, officers went to the second floor, discovering blood on the stairway. On the second floor officers found a locked door, and upon breaking it down, discovered their suspect dead on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The report states no officers heard the sound of the gunshot before their arrival.

In the report released Wednesday, SIU Director Ian Scott said, “Through the investigation, it was determined that the man had lured his ex-girlfriend to her mother’s house and attacked her with a length of pipe.  He had caused serious injury to her head, but she had managed to escape at which point she called the police.  In my view, the most reasonable inference to draw from this investigation is that the man attempted to either kill or cause his ex-girlfriend serious injury and then take his own life.  There is no suggestion that any officer was responsible for his demise.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.