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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation After Determining Man Jumped Off Burgoyne Bridge On His Own Accord

Case Number: 19-OOD-016

Mississauga, ON (13 February, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 36-year-old man in St. Catharines.

On the morning of January 19, 2019, the Niagara Regional Police Service received a call regarding a man sitting on the Burgoyne Bridge at St. Paul Street. When the first officer arrived on scene, the man jumped over the bridge and landed on Highway 406 southbound below. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Director Loparco said, “The man jumped over the railing of a bridge on his own accord. Although an officer had just arrived on scene, there was no time for that police officer to interact with him in any way. 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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342