News Release

No Charges in Man’s Arrest, Serious Injuries

Case Number: 20-TCI-306   

Mississauga, ON (22 July, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge Toronto Police Service officers involved in the arrest of a man who sustained serious injuries in Vaughan in 2020. 

On November 16, 2020, a 24-year-old man, believed to be in unlawful possession of a gun, fled from Toronto Police officers executing a search warrant at an apartment on Portage Parkway. The man scaled down the balcony to a rooftop terrace, ending up at the building’s above-ground parking structure, where he descended to the ground and suffered serious injuries.

After the man’s arrest, he was taken to hospital and diagnosed with multiple fractures and friction burns on his fingers.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

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