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Toronto Man Succumbs to Injuries

Case Number: 06-TCI-093

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TORONTO (2 June, 2006) --- A 58-year-old man who collapsed during an altercation with Toronto Police Service officers on May 30, 2006, has succumbed to his injuries. The man died this afternoon at about 1:22 p.m. at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the man's death to determine what role, if any, the police played. Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that three officers responded to a home on Regatta Crescent in regard to a man who was acting strangely. The officers were involved in an altercation with the man outside of the home. During the altercation, the man collapsed and was transported to hospital in critical condition.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for tomorrow.

SIU investigators are appealing for anyone who has information or who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529 x1988.

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