News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Fatal Fall from Highway 401 Overpass in Brockville

Case Number: 20-OCD-183   

Mississauga, ON (5 March, 2021) ---
On July 25, 2020, Brockville Police Service officers started looking for 56-year-old Alberto Ayala-Guerrero, a man wanted in the United States in relation to the murder of a woman, and now believed to be in the area. Soon after officers located him on the Highway 401 overpass at North Augusta Road, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero scaled the railing. Despite an officer yelling at him not to jump and attempting to grab hold of him, Mr. Ayala-Guerrero jumped onto the highway below. He was transported to hospital where he passed away. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Ayala-Guerrero’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342