Hamilton police are in mourning.
It’s after learning of the shocking death of Staff Sergeant Ian Matthews, who took his own life at Central Police Station Tuesday.
At around 1 p.m., police say Matthews shot himself in the locker room and was taken to hospital in critical condition, but died at about 10 o’clock Tuesday night.
Matthews was a 25 year member of the police service, spending time with the BEAR and Homicide units.
Police Chief Glenn De Caire says “This is devastating and I recognize the profound impact this has on our organization.”
A message on the Hamilton Police Twitter account says “We would like to acknowledge and thank you all for your heartfelt words of support and kindness during this very difficult time.”
The case has been assigned to Halton Police for a non-criminal investigation.
Statement from Hamilton Police Service
At approximately 10:00 p.m. this evening, S/Sgt. Ian Matthews succumbed to his injuries. A 25-year member of the Service, Officer Matthews served in many roles including extended times in the BEAR and Homicide Units, and most recently as Central D Squad staff sergeant
“This is devastating and I recognize the profound impact this has on our organization,” said Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire. “We are supporting Ian’s family during this tragic time and our Critical Incident Response Team continues to respond to support our members through this tragedy.”
“We respect the commitment and tenacity shown by Ian to his work and will work to honour his life with the same dedicated, professional effort that he displayed.”
This sudden death, non-criminal investigation is being conducted by Halton Police Service. The Service and its members will provide no further information or comment.
A book of condolence for Staff Sgt. Ian Matthews has been made available at Central Police Station.
It can be signed till 10pm on December 20.