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News Release

SIU Concludes Death Investigation in Mississauga

Case Number: 10-OCD-252

Mississauga (5 May, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any officers of the Peel Regional Police (PRP) with a criminal offence in regards to the death of a Mississauga man in November of last year.

The SIU assigned eight investigators and two forensic investigators to investigate this occurrence. Two officers were designated as subject officers. Thirteen civilian witnesses and two witness officers were interviewed. As well, one subject officer submitted to an interview. The forensic investigators took photographs and measurements of the scene. They prepared a scale diagram and made video recordings of the area. The PRP supplied communication recordings as well as other documents to SIU investigators.

The SIU investigation determined that on November 21, 2010 two PRP officers went to 2770 Windwood Drive in Mississauga to investigate a domestic complaint. Director Scott said, "On the basis of the interviews with civilian witnesses, involved officers and the results of the post-mortem report, the SIU investigation concluded that 38-year-old Mr. Estlick tragically took his own life when he jumped from his seventh floor balcony to his death."

Director Scott concluded, "In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of Mr. Estlick on November 21, 2010."

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. 

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