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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Falling Injuries Sustained by Man in Walkerton

Case Number: 13-PCI-184

Mississauga (9 August, 2013) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injuries sustained by a 29-year-old male in Walkerton at the end of July, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. The incident involved officers with the Ontario Provincial Police South Bruce detachment.
 
The SIU investigation determined that in the morning hours of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, OPP officers attended an apartment building on Jackson Street in response to a trespass call. Upon arrival, police officers knocked on the door of a 3rd-floor apartment unit. A woman opened the door, but denied the presence of the alleged trespasser. While at the door, officers heard a window open. They entered the apartment, went to the open window and observed a man injured on the ground below. In an attempt to evade police, the man had exited the window with the intention of descending to a second floor landing, but instead lost his grip and landed on the concrete sidewalk. He was taken to Walkerton Hospital and later transferred to Victoria Hospital for treatment of injuries to his ankles and left wrist.

As the police officer had nothing to do with the reason for the man’s injuries, the SIU has terminated its 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, 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