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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Toronto

Case Number: 05-TCD-004

Mississauga (14 January, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding a 34-year-old man's death on January 14, 2005 in Toronto.

At approximately 1:31 a.m. Toronto Police Service (TPS) drug squad officers entered a home on Mulock Avenue to execute a drug search warrant. The officers were attempting to arrest a man inside the home and became involved in a struggle with him. At approximately 2:07 a.m., police requested an ambulance because the man was having trouble breathing. The ambulance transported the man to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for tomorrow.

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