Ontario Provincial Police officer charged with manslaughter

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Pre-trial set for OPP officer facing charges in fatal shooti

Postby Thomas » Sun May 15, 2022 2:04 pm

Pre-trial set for OPP officer facing charges in fatal shooting

A Chatham-Kent OPP officer charged with manslaughter after a fatal shooting on Highway 401 last summer will return to court in late June following a judicial pre-trial.

Sean O’Rourke, a 24-year veteran officer, also faces a charge of criminal negligence causing death following the July 7, 2021, shooting during an officer response to a reported gas theft.

During O’Rourke’s brief appearance Wednesday, the court heard a judicial pre-trial has been arranged with the defence and an out-of-town Crown for May 19.

Court also heard the defence has requested the disclosure of further evidence in the case.

The case was adjourned to June 22 to provide time for the defence to receive and review the requested evidence, as well as to receive instructions following the judicial pre-trial.

There are two publication bans in place, including one that prohibits publication of any information that could identify the victim or witnesses, and another prohibiting the publication of any evidence heard during the pre-trial stage.

According to previously published reports, the charges against O’Rourke, 54, were laid by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) on Jan. 14 following an investigation into the shooting that resulted in the death of a man.

O’Rourke, who joined the Chatham-Kent OPP detachment in 2004, has been suspended with pay since being charged by the SIU.

According to details previously released by Ontario’s police watchdog, Chatham-Kent OPP officers had been responding to a report of a gasoline theft near Ridgetown.

Officers found the car they believed the suspect was driving travelling west on Highway 401 and began to follow. The car ended up in the ditch dividing the highway near the Highgate exit.

“One of the officers approached the vehicle, and his firearm discharged and shot the driver,” the SIU previously reported.

The man later died in hospital. The Special Investigation’s Unit is a civilian oversight agency that investigates all cases of death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police in Ontario.

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Chatham-Kent OPP officer facing manslaughter charge has prel

Postby Thomas » Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:38 pm

Chatham-Kent OPP officer facing manslaughter charge has preliminary hearing booked in early 2023

Preliminary hearing dates for the Chatham-Kent OPP officer charged with manslaughter after a fatal shooting on Highway 401 last summer have now been booked into early next year.

Sean O’Rourke, a 25-year veteran officer, also faces a charge of criminal negligence causing death following the July 7, 2021, shooting during an officer response to a reported gas theft.

During a brief virtual court appearance in Chatham on Wednesday, the court heard that O’Rourke has a confirmation hearing booked for Nov. 14, followed by seven days for a preliminary hearing in early 2023 that include Jan. 9 to Jan. 13 and Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

The court also heard the officer has elected to have a trial before a judge and jury.

There are two publication bans in place, including one that prohibits publication of any information that could identify the victim or witnesses, and another prohibiting the publication of any evidence heard during the pre-trial stage.

According to previously published reports, the charges against O’Rourke, 55, were laid by the Special Investigations Unit on Jan. 14 following an investigation into a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a man.

O’Rourke, who joined the Chatham-Kent OPP detachment in 2004, has been suspended with pay since being charged by the unit..

According to details previously released by Ontario’s police watchdog, Chatham-Kent OPP officers had been responding to a report of a gasoline theft near Ridgetown.

Officers found the car they believed the suspect was driving travelling west on Highway 401 and began to follow. The car ended up in the ditch dividing the highway near the Highgate exit.

“One of the officers approached the vehicle, and his firearm discharged and shot the driver,” the SIU previously reported.

The man later died in hospital.

The Special Investigation’s Unit is a civilian oversight agency that investigates all cases of death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault involving police in Ontario.

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