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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Fall into River from Bridge in Midhurst

Case Number: 18-PCI-086

Mississauga, ON (28 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an injury suffered by a 74-year-old man in Midhurst in March of 2018. 

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 23, 2018, 911 received a call regarding a man attempting to commit suicide on a foot bridge located on the Hunter Russell Nature Trail, near Cairns Road. Upon arrival, two primary care paramedics and an Ontario Provincial Police officer saw a man hanging from the bridge with two dog leashes tied around his neck. While the paramedics attempted to pull the man back over the railing, the officer held onto their utility belts. When the leash around the man’s neck became too tight, one of the paramedics cut it, causing the man to drop approximately five meters down into the water below. The man was brought to shore. At hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that no police officer contributed in any way to the man’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