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News Release

SIU Determines No Charges Warranted in Incident where Peel Officers Tried to Prevent Man from Falling to His Death

Case Number: 15-OCD-108

Mississauga (29 January, 2016) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has determined there are no grounds to believe police officers committed a criminal offence when a 26-year-old man fell to his death from the roof of an apartment building. 

SIU Director Tony Loparco found that “the officers did what they could in the few seconds they had available to them to dissuade the man.” 

The SIU had assigned five investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  One subject officer was interviewed but did not provide a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right.  Another subject officer declined to be interviewed or provide his duty notes, as is his legal right. 

The investigation found the following:
  • Around 7:15 a.m. on June 2, 2015, Peel Regional Police officers responded to a distress call at an apartment building located at 208 Enfield Drive in Mississauga.
  • Officers entered the building, having received information that a 26-year-old man was on the roof.
  • As the officers and a security guard exited the elevator into an enclosed rooftop party room, they saw the man on the outside ledge of a glass partition around the building’s edge.  
  • The officers motioned and exhorted the man to return to the lounge.
  • The man stepped from the ledge as the security guard was opening the door to the outside portion of the roof. 
  • The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Director Loparco said, “There is no question that the man’s final act was intentional. There is also no question of the officers being in any way responsible for the death in what they did or failed to do.  The security guard, present at the time on the rooftop, and a pedestrian at ground level who witnessed the incident, each indicate that the man was alone on the railing when he stepped from the building.   For these reasons, there are no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case.”

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. 

Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897