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News Release

No Reasonable Grounds to Criminally Charge any Toronto Police Service Officer in Connection with the Falling Death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Case Number: 20-TCD-124

Mississauga, ON (26 August, 2020) ---
On May 27, 2020, 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell tragically to her death from the balcony of a 24th floor apartment in Toronto. Because Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers had interacted with her and were present in her apartment at the time of the fall, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation.  

Six police officers were in and around the apartment at the time of the fall, including the subject officer, who had the most dealings with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet.  Each officer was interviewed by the SIU.  In addition, 15 civilian witnesses were interviewed, including Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s mother and brother who were in the vicinity at the time. A statement was obtained from Ms. Korchinski-Paquet father, with whom she was speaking on the phone in the moments before the fall.  

The investigation further benefitted from a review of scene photos, 911 call recordings, audio recordings from In-Car Camera Systems of police cruisers, security camera video recordings from the apartment building in which the incident occurred, records from the TPS and two post-mortem reports. 

Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s death.

Video statement from SIU Director Joseph Martino explaining his decision:

Statement from Director


Full Director’s Report (with Event Chronology, Evidence (scene photos, transcripts of communications recordings and video/audio evidence) and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

Director's Report 20-TCD-124


Timeline of Investigation:

Timeline

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