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News Release

Man’s Injury Sustained when He Jumped off Roof; SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-202

Mississauga, ON (31 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the falling injury sustained by a 34-year-old man last month in Ottawa.

Shortly before midnight on July 6, 2018, Ottawa Police Service officers attended a home for a dispute in the area of Kirkwood Avenue and Carling Avenue. While speaking with one of the men involved in the dispute, that man pointed out to the officers the second man. The second man suddenly ran towards a nearby school and climbed the roof. From the ground, the officers attempted to encourage him to get down from the roof. Shortly after, the man jumped off the roof and fell to the ground. He was transported to hospital for treatment of a foot injury.

Acting Director Martino said, “The man was solely responsible for the injury he suffered during a bid to evade police, and it is abundantly clear that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s injury. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

The SIU is an independent civilian 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