Coroner orders inquest into 2017 OPP shooting

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Coroner orders inquest into 2017 OPP shooting

MORRISBURG, Ontario – Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion, Regional Supervising Coroner for Eastern Ontario, based in Ottawa, announced on Oct. 10 that her office will begin an inquest into the death of Babak Saidi.

Saidi, 43, was shot and killed in Dec. 2017 by a member of the OPP’s SD&G detachment during a regularly scheduled check-in at their Morrisburg office.

Under the Coroner’s Act, such inquests are mandatory.

“The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Saidi’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths,” reads a statement from the office of Dr. McNaughton-Filion.

In Feb. 2019, the Ontario Special Investigation Unit (SIU) completed their investigation of the case and in their report, they found no grounds to lay charges on the officers.

Dr. Bob Reddoch will preside over the inquest and Prabhu Rajan. Details about the location and time of the inquest will be provided later.

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