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No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sudbury Woman’s Death

Case Number: 21-OCD-090   

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SIU Investigating After Woman Fatally Falls from Bridge in Sudbury

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Mississauga, ON (17 July, 2021) ---
The Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Greater Sudbury Police officers committed a criminal offence in the death of a woman who fell from a Sudbury bridge on March 19, 2021.

On March 19, 2021, a passersby reported to police that an individual was on the railing of a Sudbury bridge. Police responded and attempted to negotiate with the woman as she stood on the outer ledge of the bridge railing. During the course of the negotiation, the woman slipped or fell about 11 metres to the ground below.  She suffered injuries that resulted in her death.

Director Joseph Martino concluded that there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is 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, kristy.denette@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342