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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Hamilton

Case Number: 18-OCD-099

Mississauga, ON (28 November, 2018) ---
On the morning of April 2, 2018, a number of Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officers arrived at a residence following reports of a disturbance at the address. With the officers present, a 45-year-old man scaled onto his roof, climbed onto an adjacent roof and then fell to the ground. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain bleed. The man succumbed to his injuries on April 21, 2018. The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an HPS officer in relation to the man’s death. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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