News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Fall from Toronto Apartment Balcony

Case Number: 23-TCI-038   

Mississauga, ON (8 June, 2023) ---
In the early morning of February 8, 2023, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to an apartment on Ellesmere Road in connection with a domestic disturbance. Once becoming aware that officers were at the door of the apartment unit, a 26-year-old man fled to the balcony where he planned to scale down balcony netting to avoid apprehension. In the process, the man fell and landed on the ground below. The man was transported to hospital and diagnosed with multiple internal injuries. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES