The Special Investigation Unit has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against police officers in relation to a Sturgeon Falls man’s death last year.

The incident in question took place last August. Police say a 46-year-old male shot and killed 35-year-old Jamie Boyd of Sturgeon Falls, also shooting and injuring a 59-year-old female from Sturgeon Falls, the shooter’s partner.

The SIU says the altercation then escalated, involving West Nipissing Police Service officers and paramedics who were on the scene. After a short firefight, the shooter fled into the woods where OPP officers would find his body hours later lying on the ground with a self-inflicted gun wound to the head.

The West Nipissing OPP and SIU jointly investigated the incident and determined the cause of death of the shooter was suicide.

The Special Investigations Unit is a civilian law enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving police officers where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. The Unit’s jurisdiction covers more than 50 municipal, regional and provincial police services across Ontario.