News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Fall from Roof in Thunder Bay

Case Number: 18-OCI-014

Mississauga, ON (20 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 38-year-old man last month in Thunder Bay. 

On January 21, 2018, Thunder Bay Police Service officers attended a residence in relation to a domestic incident. When police arrived, the man was in his room. In an attempt to avoid speaking with the officers, the man exited through a window onto an icy, sloping roof. The man slid off the roof and fell to the cement sidewalk below. He was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures to his ankles.

Director Loparco said, “The injuries to the man occurred as a result of his own actions prior to his contact with the police. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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