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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Death

Case Number: 10-TCD-238

Mississauga (10 January, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) with a criminal offence in regards to the  death of a Toronto man in November of last year.

The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The SIU designated one officer as a subject officer and four officers as witness officers.  Five civilian witnesses were interviewed.

The SIU investigation determined that at 6:17 p.m. November 9, 2010 two TPS officers went to an apartment on Kipling Avenue to arrest a man in connection with a bail violation.  The man, 39-year-old Munir Isho, was not in the apartment.  The officers located him on a neighbouring apartment’s balcony.  The officers attempted to gain access to that apartment with the intention of arresting Mr. Isho.  At some point Mr. Isho fell to the ground and sustained fatal injuries.
Director Scott said, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of Mr. Isho. Mr. Isho   fell five storeys to his death when he lost his footing while attempting to elude the police by climbing from one apartment balcony on the fifth floor to another apartment balcony on the fifth floor.  Accordingly, the subject officer could not be held criminally liable for Mr. Isho’s death.”

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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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