Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

April 19, 2005 10:46 ET

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Toronto

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 19, 2005) - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 46-year-old man on April 19, 2005 in Toronto.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were called to Queen Street East near Victoria Street in response to reports of a man behaving in a strange manner on the street. The man was arrested, went into medical distress and was immediately taken to St. Michael's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A post mortem examination will take place this afternoon. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. SIU investigators have processed the scene and are interviewing civilian witnesses. The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529.

No further information is available at this time.

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.

-30-

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