SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation
Case Number: 18-OCI-301
(21 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 28-year-old man last month in Kitchener when he fell from a second-floor window.
At approximately 10 p.m. on October 7, 2018, the Waterloo Regional Police Service received a 911 call to a residence in the area of Driftwood Drive and Highview Drive for a domestic situation. Upon arrival, a WRPS officer was informed by individuals outside that there was a man in the home with a knife. The officer saw the man at a second-floor window and had a conversation with him. The man disappeared from the officer’s sight momentarily, and then jumped through the window and landed on the ground below. He was transported to hospital for treatment of stomach injuries and a fractured femur.
Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that the man’s decision to jump out of his window – thereby causing his injury – had nothing to do with the police presence at the scene. 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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