Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

January 14, 2005 10:01 ET

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Toronto

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 14, 2005) - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding a 34-year-old man's death on January 14, 2005 in Toronto.

At approximately 1:31 a.m. Toronto Police Service (TPS) drug squad officers entered a home on Mulock Avenue to execute a drug search warrant. The officers were attempting to arrest a man inside the home and became involved in a struggle with him. At approximately 2:07 a.m., police requested an ambulance because the man was having trouble breathing. The ambulance transported the man to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for tomorrow.

The investigation is continuing.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.

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Rose Bliss
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529
IN: JUSTICE

Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342