SIU Concludes Investigation into Death of Ottawa Woman

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has
determined that officers of the Ottawa Police Service were not responsible for
the death of a 48-year-old woman, who fell from an apartment balcony on
June 30, 2008.
    SIU Director James Cornish concluded: "The police had no contact with
this woman before she fell. In no way did they cause or contribute to her
    At approximately 6:00 a.m., officers responded to two 9-1-1 calls from a
woman at an apartment building on Richmond Road, saying that her daughter was
threatening suicide. Unfortunately, the emotionally upset woman fell to her
death before police and emergency measures personnel could intervene.
    "In my view, it is clear that there are no reasonable grounds to believe
that any of the officers involved in this tragic case committed any criminal
offence," said SIU Director James Cornish. "Members of the Ottawa Police
Service were just commencing their response to an emergency call for
assistance related to a distraught woman when, whilst they were trying to gain
entry to the main door of the apartment building, the woman fell to her death
from a seventh floor balcony.
    The SIU assigned four field investigators and two forensic investigators
to this case.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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