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News Release

No Grounds to Charge Officer in Connection with Fatal Jump from Burgoyne Bridge

Case Number: 18-OCD-297

Mississauga, ON (13 September, 2019) ---
In the evening of October 4, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to the Burgoyne Bridge after being notified that a 19-year-old male had threatened to jump from the bridge. When an officer attempted to apprehend the male, he pulled away and jumped to Highway 406 below. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to this fatal incident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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