News Release

Update: SIU Investigation into Woman’s Fatal Fall from Toronto Balcony

Case Number: 20-TCD-124

Mississauga, ON (29 May, 2020) ---
The Special Investigations Unit continues to make progress in its investigation of the events leading up to the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from a Toronto apartment balcony on Wednesday. So far:

  • A post-mortem was conducted yesterday in Toronto.
  • Five witness officers have been designated, with four of them interviewed yesterday by SIU investigators. One subject officer has been designated. He is scheduled to speak with investigators later today.
  • The scene was examined, and a canvass of the area was completed in an effort to locate witnesses and video footage.
  • Investigators have spoken to several civilians who were able to shed some light on what transpired. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.

The investigation is in its early stages, and as such, it would be inappropriate for the SIU to make any further comment with respect to what happened.  A great deal of information has made its way into the public domain, but it is too soon for the SIU to confirm or deny the validity of what is being said.  We urge all parties to avoid rushing to any conclusions about the events in question before the investigation is complete.  

The people of Ontario can be assured that the SIU – a civilian agency separate from the police - will conduct an independent and thorough investigation of this matter.  The findings of that investigation will be released as soon as it is concluded.    

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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