SIU Clears Collingwood Cops After Man Breaks Both Legs In Fall

Police Watchdog Concludes Probe into 2018 Incident

Police in Collingwood have been cleared of wrongdoing after a man was hurt after a fall from a window.

Officers went to an apartment building in Collingwood back on October 8th, 2018, to check on the well-being of a 30-year-old man. It was reported he had barricaded himself in his room. Police say he refused to let officers through the door, claiming he was armed and threatened to kill anyone who came in. While some officers tried for about two hours to get through the front door, others used a firetruck’s aerial bucket to get to his bedroom window.

After officers used a battering ram to break down the front door, the man jumped through the window, and while the officers in the aerial bucket tried to get a firm grip on him, he fell to the ground. Medical records show he broke both legs.

While on the ground, the SIU says the man tried to get up, still armed with a knife. A taser was used to subdue the man, who was then taken to hospital by paramedics to have his broken legs tended to.

The SIU says the injuries the man suffered were not the fault of police.