News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Niagara Falls Death

Case Number: 17-OOD-275

Mississauga, ON (11 October, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the falling death of a 46-year-old man last month in the Niagara Region.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017, members from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) and from the Niagara Parks Police Service (NPPS) responded to the Niagara Parkway as a result of a call. Upon arrival, a man was located hanging onto the railing above the Niagara Gorge. While one NPPS special constable commenced communicating with the man, the other NPPS special constables and NRPS officers assisted with the perimeter by clearing both vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area. A short time later, the man let go of the railing and fell to his death.
Director Loparco said, “Based on the evidence, it is clear that the NPPS – over whom the Unit has no jurisdiction – was communicating with the man. The NRPS officers did not have contact with the deceased, and as such, this investigation has been terminated.”

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