SIU clears Windsor Police after a man suffered a drug overdose in his cell


The Special Investigations Unit has concluded an investigation after a man suffered a drug overdose in his cell in August. 

The SIU states they found no reasonable grounds to believe a Windsor Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the drug overdose suffered by a 39-year-old man in his cell in August.

On August 2, 2023, the man was arrested after he pulled a fire alarm without reason and waved a knife at driver. 

It was stated that after he was taken into custody, he was of unsound mind at the time, experiencing the effects of drug overdose and possible mental illness.

While in custody at the WPS Detention Unit, the man admitted to having consumed a quantity of crystal methamphetamine. However, when he was asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, he declined.

It was determined a short time later by the special constables who escorted him to his cell that he had also consumed fentanyl. 

The officer-in-charge of the detention unit was made aware of the drugs that were consumed, and it was decided that the man would be taken to hospital. 

The man was then found unresponsive in his cell, he was provided medical care, including two doses of naloxone, the second dose returned the man to consciousness, and he was then taken to hospital and diagnosed with a drug overdose. 

The SIU states that the officer did not infringe on the limits of care in relation to the care of the man.

The investigation is now closed.