Police not at fault after man fractures foot in three-storey jump from Mississauga apartment: SIU


Published February 3, 2023 at 12:54 pm

Ontario’s police watchdog has discontinued an investigation into an incident this past December involving Peel Regional Police in which a man fractured his foot after jumping from a third-storey apartment window in Mississauga.

The Province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), an independent agency that looks into matters between police and civilians in which serious injury or death has occurred, said today (Feb. 3) in a news release that preliminary inquiries show “the man’s injury was not the result of any action or inaction on the part of police that could conceivably attract criminal sanction.”

Therefore, concluded SIU Director Joseph Martino, the investigation into the Dec. 9 incident has been terminated.

Peel police showed up at a Rugby Rd. apartment, in the Dundas St. W./Confederation Pkwy. area of Mississauga, on the morning of Dec. 9 after a 911 caller reported that a man had entered her apartment without her consent.

The woman left her unit, leaving the intruder there alone, the SIU report notes.

At the time, the 33-year-old man was prohibited by court order from contacting the woman.

Police officers who responded to the call took their positions in the hallway outside the apartment, the report states. At one point, the man stepped into the hallway and was tasered by police.

The man then went back into the apartment and moments later jumped from a third-floor window to the ground below.

With a fractured foot, the man tried to run away, but was nabbed by police a short time later and arrested without incident, the SIU says.

Preliminary inquiries by the SIU, which included video footage that captured parts of the incident, showed that the police officers involved were not responsible for the man’s injury.

“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,” Martino wrote in the SIU report.

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