No Charges after Man who Drove Car through Several Toronto Backyards Dies
Case Number: 15-TCD-133
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- At approximately 1:45 a.m. on July 1, 2015, the Toronto Police Service received a number of calls concerning a large-scale disturbance in the area of Earnscliffe Road and Oakwood Avenue. Residents reported that a motor vehicle had driven through the backyards of several adjacent properties and caused significant property damage.
- Several officers, including the four subject officers, attended the scene.
- At approximately 2:15 a.m., in the backyard of a nearby home behind the garage, subject officers #1, #2, and #3, along with a police service dog, located the man who they had cause to believe was the offending driver. He was bleeding profusely from a head wound, and was agitated, sweating, grunting, breathing heavily and appeared uncoordinated.
- The officers made a series of verbal demands, including ‘stop’ and ‘get down’. The man was noncompliant and combative, swinging his arms wildly at the officers. When the man picked something off the ground, subject officers #2 and #3 drew their firearms. Realizing the object that had been picked up appeared to be a rock, subject officer #2 holstered his firearm and drew his extendable baton. The man threw the object in the direction of the officers and then jumped over the fence into the adjacent backyard. Subject officers #2 and #3 followed the man over the fence, and were joined by subject officer #4. Once in the adjacent yard, the man picked up a large wooden garden stake and threw it at the officers. After doing so, he lost his balance and fell into the garden area. He continued to be highly resistant to the officers’ efforts to arrest him and a struggle ensued. Another officer arrived and engaged in the altercation. Eventually, they succeeded in handcuffing the man and rolling him onto his back.
- Because of a head wound the man had sustained, the officers called for Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics arrived and found the man was not exhibiting any vital signs. Soon after, it was determined the man had suffered a cardiac arrest. They began resuscitation efforts and transported the man to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
- He was pronounced dead at approximately 3:05 a.m.
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.
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