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News Release

Woman’s Fall from Restaurant Rooftop not Caused by Police; SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-049

Mississauga, ON (20 March, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month in Ottawa by a 24-year-old woman. 

At approximately 7:45 a.m. on February 21, 2018, the Ottawa Police Service was called to a restaurant located on Somerset Street West in regards to a woman on the roof. Soon after one of the officers climbed onto the roof, the woman ran and then jumped onto a lower roof. Members of the Ottawa Fire Service removed the woman from the rooftop, and she was subsequently transported to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence establishes that no police officer caused or contributed to the woman’s injury. 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