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News Release

Teenager’s Injury was Self-inflicted; SIU Discontinues Woodstock Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-216

Mississauga, ON (10 October, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a September 2019 interaction between a 17-year-old male and police officers in Woodstock.

In the early afternoon hours of September 8, 2019, a 17-year-old male in distress left a home in Woodstock and headed in the direction of the Finkle Street pedestrian bridge. A family member began to follow the teenager and called Woodstock Police Service. Arriving within minutes of the call, two officers convinced the teenager to make his way in their direction and thereafter engaged him in conversation for a few minutes. Suddenly, he turned, ran toward the bridge railing and jumped, landing in a ravine below. The teenager was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right ankle. 

Interim Director Martino said, “It is apparent based on the aforementioned record, established by the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, that neither officer caused or contributed to the man’s self-inflicted injury in any manner that could attract criminal liability.  Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file closed.”

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