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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Beamsville

Case Number: 05-OCD-098

TORONTO (1 July, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances of a 39-year-old man's death on July 1, 2005. The man has been identified as James Foldi.

Eight SIU investigators, including forensic identification technicians, have been assigned to the probe. The SIU was notified that at about 2:30 a.m. this morning, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers responded to reports of numerous break and enters on Village Park Drive and Crescent Avenue in Beamsville. Police identified Mr. Foldi as a suspect and attempted to arrest him on Crescent Avenue. During the course of the arrest, a TASER gun was used. After Mr. Foldi was taken into police custody, officers saw that he was in medical distress and requested an ambulance. Mr. Foldi was transported to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital where he died.

A post mortem examination for Mr. Foldi is scheduled for this afternoon in Hamilton.

SIU investigators are focusing on the events leading up to Mr. Foldi's death to determine what the nature and extent of police involvement was. The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1935 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is an arm’s length 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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342