News Release

Man Injures Himself in Second-Story Jump; SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

Case Number: 21-OCI-213   

Mississauga, ON (23 July, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of injuries suffered by a man after jumping from a second-story window two weeks ago in Windsor.

On the morning of July 8, 2021, the Windsor Police Service responded to an address on Ypres Avenue in response to a 911 call made from the residence. When police arrived, the man ran to the second floor and jumped from a bedroom window onto concrete patio slabs below. The man was arrested and diagnosed with fractured feet.

Director Martino concluded that because the man jumped of his own volition, with no interaction with police prior to his jump, he alone is responsible for his injuries. As a result, the investigation has been discontinued.

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES