Bracebridge OPP officer facing assault charges after man was seriously injured

Officers responded to a railway yard about a trespassing and break and enter

A Bracebridge OPP officer is facing two assault charges in the arrest of a 43-year-old man.

The Special Investigations Unit says police were called to the Canadian Pacific Railway yard in Mactier around 3:20 am on July 10 after a reported trespassing and break and enter.

The SIU says officers found the suspect in a retail area where they shot him with a stun gun.

The agency says the man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

The officer has been charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

The watchdog is called in to investigate when police conduct may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm.

An OPP spokesperson said the officer charged has been with the force for 24 years and is on an unrelated leave of absence. 

“Any potential investigation under the Police Services Act would only take place after the criminal charge is dealt with,” Gosia Puzio wrote in a statement. 

The charged OPP constable is set to appear in a Bracebridge court on Dec. 20.