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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Injuries Sustained by Man after Fall from Bridge

Case Number: 12-OCI-082

Mississauga (30 March, 2012) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injuries sustained by a 46-year-old man in Barrie last week, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation.  The incident, involving officers with the Barrie Police Service (BPS), occurred on March 22, 2012. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator from the SIU probed the circumstances surrounding this incident.  The investigation determined that in the early evening hours of March 22, the man walked east on Dunlop Street West to its overpass at Highway 400 for the purposes of taking his life.  He was approaching the crest of the overpass when he saw BPS vehicles converging on his location from the east and west ends of the overpass.  A male uniformed officer on foot approached the man with his open hands waving in the air while yelling at him to stop.  The man panicked and hopped over the south railing of the overpass and crouched down to avoid the officer.  Just as four officers reached over the railing in their attempt to grab him, the man lowered himself beyond their immediate grasp while clinging to the ledge.  Despite two officers managing to grab hold of the man’s right wrist, he fell onto the northbound lanes of Highway 400.  He sustained fractures to his spine and both ankles.

There is no evidence that the officers caused or contributed in any way to the injuries sustained by the man.  Given the Unit’s mandate, which is limited to serious injuries and deaths that may have resulted from criminal offences committed by police officers, there is nothing further to investigate.  Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342