News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Heel in Ottawa

Case Number: 23-OCI-070   

Mississauga, ON (25 July, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a 27-year-old man who was diagnosed with a broken right heel after he fled and was arrested by Ottawa Police Service officers.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, on March 3, 2023, officers went to an apartment on Beech Street to arrest the man as he was wanted by police. The man attempted to flee by climbing onto a window ledge and jumping several metres to the ground below. The man tried to run but made it only a short distance before he felt pain in his right foot and surrendered. The man was taken to hospital. On this record, Director Martino said it was evident the officers did nothing to cause the man’s injury.  

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