News Release

Man Injured After Falling from Tree; SIU Terminates Simcoe County Investigation

Case Number: 20-PCI-077

Mississauga, ON (24 April, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained earlier this month by a 35-year-old man in Adjala-Tosorontio, a township in Simcoe County. 

On April 8, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Adjala-Tosorontio for a domestic-related call. When police arrived, the 35-year-old man fled into a wooded area at the rear of the property and climbed up a tree to hide from police. When the officers left the area, the man started to climb down the tree but he fell to the ground. The man returned to the residence and was arrested. When he complained of pain, the man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with two fractured ribs.  

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injuries. The investigation has established that the man hurt himself when, after climbing a tree to hide from police officers seeking his arrest, he fell from a height as he attempted to climb down.  There were no police officers present at the time.”

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. 

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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