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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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Trial decision expected this month for Chatham-Kent OPP offi

Postby Thomas » Fri Feb 10, 2023 5:14 am

Trial decision expected this month for Chatham-Kent OPP officer facing manslaughter charge

A Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police officer charged with manslaughter following a fatal shooting on Highway 401 in the summer of 2021 should know his fate later this month.

A Chatham-Kent provincial police officer charged with manslaughter following a fatal shooting on Highway 401 in the summer of 2021 should know if he’s going to trial by the end of this month.

A preliminary hearing into the allegations against Sean O’Rourke concluded on Tuesday. The officer is slated to appear in court on Feb. 23 for a decision on whether there’s sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

O’Rourke, a 26-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.

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, 56, were laid by the Special Investigations Unit on Jan. 14, 2022, 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,” SIU officials previously reported.

The man later died in hospital.

The Special Investigation’s Unit is an arm’s-length 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 heads to trial on manslaughter char

Postby Thomas » Fri May 19, 2023 7:39 am

A Chatham-Kent provincial police officer charged with manslaughter in a fatal shooting on Highway 401 in the summer of 2021 is headed to trial.

A Chatham-Kent provincial police officer charged with manslaughter in a fatal shooting on Highway 401 in the summer of 2021 is headed to trial.

Sean O’Rourke appeared in Chatham court on Wednesday.

In his ruling, Justice Robert Horton said he has to commit to trial whenever there’s a reasonable chance a properly instructed jury could come to a finding of guilt.

“I must assess the Crown’s case at its highest,” Horton said.

O’Rourke, a 26-year veteran officer, also faces a criminal negligence causing death charge following the July 7, 2021 shooting.

The matter will return to assignment court on May 29.

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.

The charges against O’Rourke, 56, were laid by the Special Investigations Unit on Jan. 14, 2022.

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 the SIU, Chatham-Kent OPP officers responded to a report of a gasoline theft near Ridgetown.

Officers spotted 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 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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Manslaughter proceedings for OPP officer returns to court in

Postby Thomas » Tue May 30, 2023 10:35 am

Manslaughter proceedings for OPP officer returns to court in September

The court case involving Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer Const. Sean O’Rourke will return to a Chatham courtroom on Sept. 9 before a trial date is scheduled for Sept. 25.

The provincial Special Investigations Unit (SIU) laid the charges against the officer on Jan. 14, 2022 following an investigation into the shooting death of a man in Chatham-Kent.

According to SIU investigators, the OPP responded to a gas theft in July 2021, when officers spotted a vehicle on the westbound lanes on Highway 401 and followed it.

The suspect vehicle rolled into a ditch near Highgate, Ont. and an officer’s firearm discharged, shooting the driver, as the officer approached the vehicle.

The man was rushed to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

A section of the 401 was closed to traffic as part of the investigation.

The officer is charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminal negligence causing death.

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Trial date set for OPP officer accused of fatally shooting m

Postby Thomas » Fri Nov 24, 2023 7:21 am

Trial date set for OPP officer accused of fatally shooting man near Ridgetown

A trial date has finally been set for a Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police officer accused of killing a man on Highway 401 near Ridgetown in the summer of 2021.

Sean O'Rourke, 56, is charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death in connection with the deadly shooting of a 25-year-old man in July of 2021.

Officer O'Rourke was responding to a reported gas theft near Ridgetown when the victim was shot in the upper torso. The victim later died at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

O'Rourke's trial will begin December 2, 2024 and is expected to last eight days.

Two publication bans are in place that prohibit any publication of information that could identify the victim or witnesses and another prohibiting the publication of any evidence heard during the pre-trial stage.

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