SIU Clears Peel Cop After Fatal Jump From Balcony in Brampton
A Peel Regional Police officer isn’t criminally responsible after a 34-year-old man jumped to his death in Brampton, the province’s Special Investigations Unit has ruled.
” … I have no hesitancy in concluding that the actions of the involved PRP officers were conducted throughout in a manner that was professional, responsive and reasoned,” wrote acting SIU director Joseph Martino in his decision.
The incident took place on Sept. 17, 2016, at 6:39 p.m.
Officers responded to a call from a woman who said she was concerned a male - that she knew, who had undiagnosed mental health issues - wanted to kill her and her husband.
Police were dispatched to a domestic call in a 16th floor apartment unit.
Once they got there, an officer reported that the complainant was on the balcony and they were going to enter and make contact with him.
In the next transmission, an officer stated that the complainant jumped.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner.
“Without any doubt the death of the complainant was tragic. However, after reviewing the complete evidentiary record, I have concluded that the actions of all the attending PRP officers were appropriate under all the circumstances,” wrote Martino.
“I can find no evidence to suggest that any of the actions taken by the involved PRP officers bore any criminal responsibility for the demise of the complainant.”
There was no physical contact between the man and the officers, the investigation found.
“Accordingly, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any offence has been committed” by the subject officer “and no charges will issue.”
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