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News Release

SIU Concludes Toronto Falling Death Investigation

Case Number: 12-TCD-162

Mississauga (27 June, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) with any criminal offence in relation to the death of a 31-year-old man earlier this month.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The subject officer submitted to an interview with the SIU and provided a copy of his duty notes.  In addition, one witness officer and four civilian witnesses were interviewed.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Monday, June 4: 
• At approximately 2:00 p.m., a woman spotted someone taking something from her vehicle parked on Bellamy Road.
• When the woman’s husband went out to investigate the matter, he saw a male and a female walking away from the vehicle.  A short time later the male entered a high rise apartment building at 140 Adanac Drive.  The husband followed behind, while on the phone with a TPS operator.
• As a result, the subject officer and another officer were dispatched to the building. They were informed that the man was working his way up the stairwell.  The subject officer walked up the stairwell on the southeast side of the building and opened the door to the hallway on the building’s fifteenth floor.  He heard some shouting and the sound of glass breaking.  He approached the stairwell at the northwest side of the building, opened its door, and saw a man crouched in front of a broken window. The man immediately jumped headfirst out of the window. 
• The man died of multiple traumas as a result of the descent from the fifteenth floor through the limbs of a tree and then contact with the ground.

Director Scott said, “In my view, the subject officer is in no way responsible for the unfortunate demise of the man.  The man chose to commit this suicidal act of leaping from the fifteenth storey of an apartment building for the seemingly inexplicable reason of escaping apprehension for the theft of some items from a car.  On this basis, he was the author of his own misfortune.”   

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