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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Apartment Balcony in North York

Case Number: 19-TCD-098

Mississauga, ON (18 December, 2019) ---
On the morning of May 4, 2019, an individual called police to report that a 29-year-old man was threatening to jump from an apartment balcony located on Chalkfarm Drive. Two Toronto Police Service officers made their way to the building. These same two officers were at the apartment a month prior when the man attempted to take his life. That time, the officers managed to the grab the man and take him to hospital. On this occasion, the officers found the man standing on the balcony railing with his hands grabbing the lower railing of the balcony above. From the balcony door threshold, one of the officers attempted to convince the man to step down safely onto the balcony, told him he was there to help and pleaded with him not to jump.  Despite this, the man jumped from the balcony railing to the ground below. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 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