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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Custody Toronto Custody Death

Case Number: 14-TCD-249

Mississauga (24 October, 2014) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to the falling death of a 45-year-old man in Toronto. 

On Thursday October 23, 2014, officers with the Toronto Police Service responded to an apartment building at 55 Harbour Square regarding a distressed person. At approximately 1:30 p.m. the man fell from the building to the rooftop of a parking structure and sustained fatal injuries.

The SIU has assigned five investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. Investigators are interested in speaking with any member of the public who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who may have video footage on either a video camera or cell phone.  Anyone with information is asked to call the SIU at 1-800-787-8529 or the Lead Investigator at 416-622-1957.  

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. 

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