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News Release

SIU Terminates Vaughan Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-011

Mississauga, ON (5 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in January of 2019 in Vaughan between a 48-year-old man and York Regional Police (YRP) officers.

At approximately 2 a.m. on January 12, 2019, YRP officers attended a residence in Vaughan for a domestic situation. Officers spoke with the man, who then excused himself and went to the second floor of the home. When a large dog ran down the stairs, the police officers immediately ran out the front door to avoid the dog. While out in the front yard of the residence, the police officers heard a loud bang coming from the backyard of the residence. The police officers went to investigate and found the 48-year-old man lying on the ground with an injured leg. He had jumped from a second-floor window and landed on the roof of a gazebo which collapsed. EMS transported the man to hospital for treatment.

Director Loparco said, “The man’s injury was not caused by police and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. 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