News Release

Man Injured as a Result of Jump from Apartment Window; SIU Discontinues Mississauga Investigation

Case Number: 22-OCI-312   

Mississauga, ON (3 February, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury suffered by a 33-year-old man after he jumped from an apartment window in Mississauga in December.

In the morning of December 9, 2022, Peel Regional Police officers were called to an apartment on Rugby Road after an occupant reported to 911 that a man had entered her residence without her consent, and she had left the apartment leaving him alone inside. At the time, the man was prohibited from contacting the occupant pursuant to court order. Officers arriving at the scene took positions in the hallway outside the apartment. When, at one point, the man stepped into the hallway, an officer discharged his conducted energy weapon at him. The deployment had no effect, and the man re-entered the apartment.  Shortly thereafter, the man jumped from an apartment window three stories to the ground below, fracturing his left foot in the process. The man ran for a period, but was soon after located and arrested by officers without incident.  

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included video footage that captured the incident in parts, Director Martino was satisfied that the investigation should be discontinued. It was evident that the man’s injury was not the result of any action or inaction on the part of police that could conceivably attract criminal sanction.  Accordingly, there being patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned, 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES