SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Fall From Hospital Parking Garage in Brantford
Case Number: 19-OCI-031
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(13 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the falling injuries sustained by a 43-year-old man last month in Brantford.
On February 7, 2019, the man had been admitted to the Brantford General Hospital on a form 3 of the Mental Health Act (MHA). At approximately 2 p.m., hospital staff contacted the Brantford Police Service to inform that the man had left the hospital. Just minutes prior to this call, BPS had received a call from a civilian who said she saw a man on top of the hospital parking structure, and she said it appeared that he was prepared to jump from the parking garage. Upon seeing police arrive, the man ran to the opposite side of the parking garage and jumped, falling four storeys to the ground below. The man was transported to hospital for treatment.
Director Loparco said, “It is apparent that the man was solely responsible for his injuries. There is no evidence to suggest that his reason for jumping from a parking structure or his injuries were caused by the acts or omissions of any police officer. 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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