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News Release

Man’s Fractured Leg in Ottawa a Result of Him Falling from Snowbank; No Basis to Lay Charges

Case Number: 19-OCI-049

Mississauga, ON (30 October, 2019) ---
On the morning of March 7, 2019, a 911 call was made reporting that a man had attempted to purchase merchandise with counterfeit money at the Herongate Mall in Ottawa. As a result, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers were dispatched to the scene. When the man saw an OPS officer, he fled out of the store and the officer pursued him on foot. The man scaled a snowbank, but collapsed to the ground on the other side of the snowbank. He was arrested. When it was apparent that he the man had injured his left leg, an ambulance transported him to hospital. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

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