TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer is criminally liable
in relation to the death of a 27-year-old Tillsonburg woman.
The SIU investigation determined that on April 3, 2007, at approximately
4:00 p.m., two OPP officers went to a woman's home at 70 Devonshire Avenue to
arrest her on several outstanding charges. The officers knocked on the
apartment door and stood in the hallway while they spoke with the woman's
common law spouse. He told the officers that his wife refused to speak with
the officers and closed the apartment door.
One officer remained outside the apartment in the hallway while the
second officer returned to the police station to obtain a warrant to enter the
apartment and affect the arrest. About ten minutes after the officers'
arrival, the husband opened the apartment door again and told the officer
standing outside that the woman had fallen from the balcony to the ground.
At approximately 4:15 p.m., paramedics arrived and removed the woman from
the scene. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Director Cornish concluded from independent and confirmed evidence that
the officers did not enter the apartment or have any direct physical contact
with the woman that afternoon. He said, "The woman fell to the ground in an
apparent attempt to lower herself down to the balcony below. I do not believe
that the actions of the involved officer caused this woman's unfortunate
The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
For further information:
For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications, Service des
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