No Criminal Wrongdoing in Case where Man Drowned in Hotel Bathtub
Case Number: 16-OCD-124
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- In the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 17, 2016, a manager on duty at the Holiday Inn Express received multiple complaints regarding the activity happening in a 3rd floor hotel room. One guest complained about a loud and persistent noise and another guest said water was seeping into his room. The manager knocked on the door, but no one answered. The manager called GPS for assistance.
- Upon arrival, three GPS officers accompanied the manager to the room. They noticed water seeping out from the doorway to the hallway, and they heard a series of loud noises coming from inside the room. One of the officers knocked on the door a number of times and announced the presence of police. The man did not respond. Officers were able to unlock the door using a master key card, but they were unable to open it more than a couple of inches because the door was latched from the inside. The officers could hear the man moving large items in an effort to barricade the door.
- GPS learned that the man had access to a knife, and that someone else might be inside the room with him. As a result, the officers on scene were directed to wait for the arrival of the Tactical Response Unit (TRU), which was commanded by the subject officer.
- The subject officer was advised that the man had barricaded himself in his hotel room, and that attempts at communication had been unsuccessful. He was further informed of the apparent destruction of property and water flowing from inside the room, as well as the possibility of the man being armed with a knife and having another person inside the room with him.
- As members of the TRU made their way to the hotel, they continuously communicated with officers at the scene and assembled the necessary tactical equipment based on the information received. Once at the hotel, members of the TRU made their way up the now flooded staircase and attended the room. They were advised that the noises from inside the room had stopped. Their attempts to make verbal contact with the man were unsuccessful. As a result of reviewing the hallway surveillance video which showed that no one else seemed to be inside the room, the subject officer authorized one of the officers to drill a four-inch hole in the door for the purpose of looking inside. Despite the room being dark, it could be seen that the room was in a state of chaos. As the bathroom light was on, it was determined that the man was likely inside the bathroom.
- The decision was made to open the door to the room and deploy a mobile reconnaissance scout to survey the room. As a result of the information gathered by the scout, the officers confirmed that the man was almost certainly in the bathroom. Officers used a battering ram to break through the bathroom door which was barricaded with various objects. They found the man lying naked in the overflowing bathtub, with his torso and head submerged.
- He was pulled out of the bathtub and resuscitation efforts were commenced, but they were to no avail.
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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