Toronto police watchdog investigating after man dies in fall from balcony

Aug 22 2020, 9:30 am

Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is investigating a case where a 66-year-old man reportedly died after falling from his balcony.

On Friday afternoon, the SIU said the Toronto Police Service received a call about a man hanging off an apartment balcony and responded to a building on Outlook Avenue in York.

“Upon arrival, officers saw the man hanging from the balcony railing, of a ninth floor,” the SIU said in a release. “Officers attended a neighbouring unit, entered onto that balcony and began talking with him.”

A short time later, the man reportedly fell. He was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU have been assigned to the case.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault. Their investigations determine if charges are brought against officers or not.

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