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News Release

SIU Discontinues Toronto Investigation into Falling Injuries Sustained by Man

Case Number: 19-TCI-076

Mississauga, ON (8 May, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injuries sustained last month by a 45-year-old man after he fell from an apartment balcony in Toronto.

On the afternoon of April 11, 2019, the man was present inside the third floor apartment of an acquaintance when, fearing robbers were outside the door, he and another individual attempted to flee via the balcony. The man unsuccessfully attempted to scale down to the apartment balcony below and fell 15-20 feet to the ground. It was, in fact, police officers who were at the door about to execute a search warrant.  The man was transported to St. Michaels Hospital (SMH) where he was diagnosed with injuries to his back and liver.

Interim Director Martino said, “As it is apparent at this time based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the man alone is to blame for his self-inflicted injuries, the SIU’s investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed.”

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342