News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Woman at Police Station in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 20-OCD-117   

Mississauga, ON (22 May, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old woman yesterday in Niagara Falls.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Shortly after 5 p.m. on May 20, 2020, the woman was arrested in the area of Kitchener Street and Slater Avenue for breaching conditions. She was taken to the Niagara Regional Police Service station and lodged in a cell.
  • At approximately 2 p.m. on May 21, 2020, the woman attended a tele-bail hearing. She was then returned to her cell.
  • At 4:50 p.m., the woman was found unresponsive in her cell.
  • Emergency Medical Services attended. The woman was pronounced deceased. 

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. The post-mortem is scheduled for today in Toronto.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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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