News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 21-OCD-188   

Mississauga, ON (27 June, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who descended down the Falls into the Niagara River on June 20, 2021. 

On June 20, 2021, the SIU were notified of an incident in which Niagara Parks Police Service officers responded to a report of a suicidal male near the Falls.  The male was located near the walkway outside the Table Rock Centre. When the officers approached the male, he suddenly went over the barrier and over the Falls.

On June 26, 2021, at around 4:00 pm, the body of the deceased male was recovered near Queenston Docks.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking 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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