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News Release

October 23, 2020 Update into SIU Investigation in Ottawa

Case Number: 20-OCD-256

Mississauga, ON (23 October, 2020) ---
The SIU investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old man – who fell from an apartment window in Ottawa on October 7, 2020 – continues.

As of today:
  • Each of the nine officers designated as witness officers have now been interviewed.
  • Four civilian witnesses have been interviewed thus far and more interviews are pending.
  • Video footage relevant to the incident has been obtained.
  • SIU Forensic Investigators have processed exhibits.
  • The SIU’s Affected Persons Program continues to be actively involved. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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