SIU probing man’s fall from balcony

Special Investigations Unit

Ontario’s police oversight agency has been called to London after a man fell from a balcony and suffered serious injuries.

According to the Special Investigations Unit, around 11:20 a.m. Thursday, officers with the London Police Service were called to an apartment building on King Street near Lyle Street. A 21-year-old man had called 9-1-1 to report that a 22-year-old was in his apartment and he didn’t want him there.

Officers went to the eighth-floor apartment and spoke to both men. They then took the 22-year-old to the hallway to arrest him for breaching conditions of his release. As that was going on, the 21-year-old fell from the balcony to a fourth-floor landing.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He is in stable condition.

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.

“The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529,” the SIU said in a news release. “The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.”

This is the second time this year the SIU has probed an incident in London involving a fall from a balcony. It launched an investigation in May after Caleb Tubila Njoko fell from a balcony at an apartment building at 85 Walnut Street. He died of his injuries three days later.

On September 17, the SIU announced there would be no charges laid against any London police officers involved in the incident.