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Man’s Serious Injury Sustained After Falling from Hospital Bed; SIU Terminates Investigation in St. Marys

Case Number: 18-PCI-088

Mississauga, ON (3 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 34-year-old man in St. Marys in March of 2018.

At approximately 4 p.m. on March 24, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers with the Perth County detachment were dispatched to the man’s residence to do a well-being check. Due to the man’s condition, he was transported to St. Marys Memorial Hospital and admitted to a room. While police were speaking with a nurse, the man – whose hands were handcuffed behind his back – began shuffling in the hospital bed. Suddenly, he fell off the bed and landed on a part of a hospital machine. The man complained of pain in his chest, and X-rays revealed he had a punctured right lung.
  
Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that the man’s injury was due to his own actions and did not involve any conduct or neglect on the part of the police. As such, 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