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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing in Relation to Falling Death of Man in Toronto

Case Number: 18-TCD-155

Mississauga, ON (17 April, 2019) ---
On May 27, 2018, several officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) attended a building located on Yonge Street after receiving a report of a man on the rooftop of the seven story building. Officers went out onto the roof where they saw the man sitting on a two foot high retaining wall, which ran along the edge of the building’s roof. When an officer asked the man if he could help, the man remained seated, with his head in his hands; he appeared to be speaking to himself. Shortly after, the man jumped from the roof.  Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to the death of the 37-year-old man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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