SIU Investigation into Man’s Death Finds Charges Not Warranted
Case Number: 16-TOD-001
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- In the early morning hours of January 1, 2016, 911 received several frantic calls from the 32-year-old man in which he alleged both attempted break and enters into his residence, as well as home invasions. The calls came in at 1:58 a.m., 3:13 a.m. and 5:41 a.m. After each call, officers were dispatched to the home. Each time, officers inspected the perimeter of the home and found it to be secure. Officers also walked through the home to confirm that no one was present. After the third call, the two officers who attended the residence noticed that the man was obviously sweating. He indicated that it was because he had recently been sick. Aside from this, the man appeared to be normal.
- The man called 911 a fourth time at approximately 8:47 a.m. During this call, he seemed to be conversing with someone else who was present, uttering phrases to the effect of ‘get out of my house’ and ‘I will give you whatever you want’. However, no other voice could be heard by the 911 operator. The phone line then disconnected. The man called two more times.
- A number of officers were dispatched to the residence. One of the officers knocked on the door of the residence several times but received no response. She looked through the windows but did not see anyone inside. She also called out to the man but to no avail.
- The subject officer attended the residence and was apprised of the man’s multiple 911 calls, his interactions with several police officers and the previous conclusion of other officers that, while the man seemed paranoid, his behavior did not warrant an apprehension under the Mental Health Act. Officers canvassed the neighbourhood for anyone who might be able to assist in contacting the man.
- The man contacted 911 four further times, at 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 9:38 a.m. and 9:57 a.m. During those calls he indicated that he was locked in the basement of his home and that people were trying to ‘bomb’ him. During his last call, he advised that there was a male in the basement with him, and requested that an officer break a window in order to gain entry.
- As a result of the neighbourhood canvass, the subject officer was able to make contact with the man’s father at approximately 10:30 a.m. It was confirmed that the man resided in the residence which was owned by his parents. According to police witnesses, the subject officer asked the father if police could forcibly enter the residence, but the request was denied. Instead, the father came himself to open the door, which involved travel time of approximately 40 minutes. He, along with the officers, entered the house at 11:09 a.m. and found the man’s body lying on the floor, barricaded in the basement. He had no pulse and so officers immediately commenced resuscitation efforts and requested emergency medical services. Paramedics arrived on scene at approximately 11:15 a.m. and confirmed that the man was not exhibiting any vital signs.
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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