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News Release

SIU Terminates Ottawa Investigation into Man’s Jump from Balcony

Case Number: 18-OCI-345

Mississauga, ON (19 December, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 48-year-old man earlier this month in Ottawa.  

At approximately 5 p.m. on December 1, 2018, Ottawa Police Service officers were dispatched to an apartment building in the area of Bélanger Avenue and Bank Street for a man in distress. Before police had any contact with the man, he jumped from the balcony of his second-floor apartment unit to the ground below. He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a spine fracture. 
Director Loparco said, “The man jumped from a window of his own accord. Accordingly, 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