News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Foot in Sudbury

Case Number: 22-OCI-242   

Mississauga, ON (13 January, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the broken foot suffered by a 30-year-old man while fleeing a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer last September.

On September 15, 2022, the man was walking to the front door of the Safe Bed Program facility at 336 Pine Street when he was stopped by an officer who thought the man matched the description of a man he was on the lookout for. The man fled northward on the east side of the facility’s grounds and jumped over a retaining wall. He fell a couple metres onto rough terrain on the other side, and slid down an embankment, fracturing his foot. Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, the man was found to have jumped of his own volition, leaving patently nothing to investigate as far as criminal liability of the officer involved. The file has been closed.

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES