No charges against Ottawa police officers in man’s fall from balcony: SIU

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The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) announced Monday that no charge has been laid against an Ottawa officer following the fall of a man from a balcony during an investigation.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that Ottawa Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 55-year-old man after he fell from a third-floor balcony, SIU said in a statement.

The statement further added that SIU launched an investigation following the incident which took place in the evening of June 20, 2021.

The Ottawa Police Service were called to an apartment on Cooper Street following calls about a disturbance that evening.

Later, officers learned that the man was purportedly holding a 12-year-old girl hostage in a third-floor unit. While the officers attempted to enter the unit, the man fell from the balcony and fractured his back and foot. He was arrested and taken to hospital.

Director Martino concluded that both officers involved conducted themselves with due care and regard for the man’s well-being, and were lawfully in the discharge of their duties in the course of the interaction. The file has been closed.

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