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News Release

Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping out of Window; SIU Terminates Collingwood Investigation

Case Number: 19-PCI-022

Mississauga, ON (8 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident involving the Ontario Provincial Police that occurred in Collingwood in January of 2019.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, members of the OPP Provincial Rope Team attended a residence in Collingwood to arrest a 36-year-old man on an outstanding warrant. The police knocked at the door and verbally identified themselves.  In order to evade the police, the man jumped out of a second floor window. When he landed on the ground, he felt a sharp pain in his left ankle. The man was arrested and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed as having sustained a fractured left ankle. 

Director Loparco said, “The man caused his own injury when he jumped out of the second storey window, and the injury had nothing to do with any act or omission on the part of the police. As such, 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