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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Sault Ste. Marie

Case Number: 08-OCI-211

TORONTO (5 November, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service committed any criminal offence in the case of a man who fell from his apartment window while trying to evade apprehension by the police.

"All the information gathered by SIU investigators, including the complainant's own statement to them, indicated that he was responsible for his own fall, and that the subject officers had no involvement in the incident," said SIU Director, Ian Scott.

On Sunday October 5, 2008 at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers went to an apartment on Wellington Street East to arrest a man on a warrant in connection with an alleged domestic assault. During the investigation, an officer at the rear of the building found the wanted man on the ground below a third-floor window. The 20-year-old man sustained serious injuries including fractures to a vertebra and to his left heel and ankle.

The SIU investigation confirmed that officers were outside the apartment waiting to be let in when the man fell 25 feet to the gravel driveway below.

As part of its investigation, the SIU interviewed five police officers and three civilian witnesses. SIU investigators reviewed police documents including occurrence and arrest reports, and communication tapes.

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. 

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