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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Death of Man at Toronto Hospital

Case Number: 13-TCI-020

Mississauga (30 January, 2013) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injuries sustained by a 42-year-old man at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto last week, and his subsequent death, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS), occurred on January 24, 2013. 

Four investigators and one forensic investigator from the SIU probed the circumstances surrounding this incident. The investigation determined that on January 23, the man was admitted to hospital under the authority of the Mental Health Act to have surgery to repair his self-inflicted wounds. When he awoke the next day, he panicked. He fled his room and tried to escape the ward but was unable to open the hallway door. After assaulting a nurse, the man fled into another patient’s room and blocked the door. As several medical and security staff were attempting to break into the room, the man broke a window in the fifth-storey room, and climbed through it. Hospital staff were able to gain access to the room in time to grab onto the man while he hung outside the window. Officers with TPS arrived and helped pull the man to safety. He was placed face down on the floor and injected with a sedative by medical staff. He was then turned face up and found to be not breathing. CPR was performed, and the man was revived and then placed in the Critical Care Unit in serious condition.

The man passed away yesterday in hospital.

Director Scott said, “The information collected indicates the medical staff and TPS officers were attempting to rescue the man, who had endangered himself during the incident. Since the information collected indicates that his injuries were caused prior to the arrival of the police and that the officers did not contribute to his injuries and subsequent unfortunate death, I am closing this investigation.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342