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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Incident at Generating Station in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 17-OCI-289

Mississauga, ON (30 October, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 57-year-old man earlier this month in Niagara Falls.

In the morning hours of October 5, 2017, Niagara Regional Police Service was made aware of a possible suicide attempt in the area of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station located on Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls. Before police could arrive at the scene, the 57-year-old man climbed a retaining fence. When he got to the top, he fell and landed on a cement pad which was on the edge of the Niagara Gorge. Police arrived shortly after. Several hours later, the man climbed back over the fence and was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fracture to his right arm.  
Director Loparco said, “I have terminated the investigation into this incident as the man’s injury was caused of his own volition and not because of any action by the involved police officers.”

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342