Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Cole 2018

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Cole
Given name(s): Cody Franklin Clayton
Age: 23

Held at: 470 Water Street in Peterborough
From: Oct. 31, 2018
To: Nov. 5, 2018
By: Dr. John Carlisle
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Cody Franklin Clayton Cole
Date and time of death: April 4, 2015 at 11:56 p.m.
Place of death: On the road near 496 and 498 Wolfe Street, Peterborough
Cause of death: Gunshot wound of the head
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson)


The verdict was received on Oct. 3, 2018
Coroner's name: Dr. John Carlisle
(Original signed by coroner)


We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:


Inquest into the death of:

Cody Franklin Clayton Cole


Jury Recommendations

We the jury, recommend to the Peterborough Police Service:

  1. The Peterborough Police Service (PPS) should undertake a review of its radio communications systems, equipment, and best practices regarding: maintenance; testing; occurrences of locked open microphones; and the training of police officers and civilian members of its routine, emergency and override operation of the radio communications systems and equipment.
  2. The PPS should review the training scenarios utilized in its use of force training and consider including a scenario based upon the evidence in the Cody Cole inquest.
  3. The PPS investigate the technologies available to provide vehicle and personnel location through a Global Positioning System as a compliment to existing communication systems.