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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Bridge in Waterloo

Case Number: 19-OCD-120

Mississauga, ON (20 December, 2019) ---
On June 4, 2019, a 40-year-old man fell to his death from the Northfield Drive bridge over Highway 85 in Waterloo. At the time of the man’s fall, three Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers were present on the bridge. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a WRPS officer in relation to the man’s death. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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, 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