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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injuries Sustained by Man Who Fell from Hamilton Apartment Balcony

Case Number: 17-OCI-274

Mississauga, ON (25 October, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the falling injuries sustained by a 31-year-old man last month in Hamilton. 

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on September 24, 2017, Hamilton Police Service officers attended an apartment building on King Street East to arrest a man. The officers knocked on the door of a 2nd floor apartment unit, but received no response. The man – who was present in the apartment unit – attempted to evade police by descending from the balcony. In the process, he lost his grip and fell to the ground. The man was able to make his way back into the apartment building where one of the officers located him. The man was taken to hospital for treatment of leg injuries.
  
Director Loparco said, “Based on the evidence, it is clear that the involved officers did not cause the man’s injuries. The man, of his own accord, attempted to elude the arresting officers by dangling by his hands from his balcony and dropping to the ground below. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342