SIU Investigates Fatal Fall From Balcony in Ottawa SEPT 25, 2016 #OPS

SIU Investigating After Man Falls From Balcony in Ottawa

Case Number: 16-OCD-245

Mississauga, ON (24 September, 2016) —

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 52-year-old man who fell from a balcony today in Ottawa.
Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016, Ottawa Police Service officers responded to an apartment building at 1300 McWatters Street.
  • Officers arrived at a unit and knocked on the door.
  • A short time later, a man fell from the unit’s balcony.
  • He was later pronounced dead.
Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to investigate this incident.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

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

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