Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

March 21, 2005 14:33 ET

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Windsor

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2005) - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to a death that occurred on March 20, 2005, in Windsor.

At approximately 12:07 p.m. that date, Windsor Police Service (WPS) officers responded to a report of a man climbing Ambassador Bridge. WPS officers arrived and attempted to talk with the man who was standing in the support structure of the bridge. The man fell approximately 100 feet from the bridge and landed on a grassy area. The police immediately attended and administered first aid. The man was taken to Hotel Dieu Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 28 years of age.

Five SIU investigators are probing the circumstances and the extent of police involvement in the man's death. The SIU has designated 3 witness and 1 subject officer from the WPS. A post mortem examination is scheduled for later today.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2293 or 1-800-787-8529.

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