News Release

SIU Investigates Death of Man in Toronto

Case Number: 05-TCD-189

TORONTO (17 December, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the nature and extent of police involvement in the death of a 23-year-old man.

On December 16, 2005, at about 10:55 p.m., Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were investigating a van which lead them to a home on Botany Hill Road. Shortly after their arrival, a man known to police exited the home. The man ran from the police and officers pursued him on foot. He was caught and arrested for breach of conditions in the ravine at the rear of the home.

Shortly after his arrest, the man had difficulty breathing and at about 11:30 p.m., he collapsed while still in the ravine. An officer administered CPR until paramedics arrived. He was transported to Scarborough Centenary Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for December 19, 2005.

As part of the investigation, SIU investigators have designated four subject and two witness officers from the TPS. The investigation is continuing and the SIU is appealing for anyone who has any information in regards to this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529.

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