SiRT con­tin­ues fa­tal­ity probe

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­

The prov­ince’s in­de­pen­dent Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team is re­port­ing that a man fell to his death from a High­way 125 over­pass on Thurs­day evening.

SiRT’s on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion is look­ing at the cir­cum­stances that lead to the death of the 27-year-old man.

“At ap­prox­i­mately 5 p.m., Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice were called to re­spond to a pos­si­ble al­ter­ca­tion on the over­pass over High­way 125 at the end of Up­per Prince Street in Syd­ney, ac­cord­ing to a SiRT up­date is­sued Fri­day morn­ing.

“A mem­ber of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice re­sponded to the call and en­coun­tered two men on the over­pass,” the up­date reads. “Af­ter the ar­rival of the of­fi­cer, a 27-year-old male fell from the over­pass. He was found de­ceased on High­way 125.”

As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, po­lice con­tacted SiRT and three in­ves­ti­ga­tors were sent to Syd­ney on Thurs­day evening.

De­siree Vas­sallo, spokesper­son for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice, de­clined to com­ment on the in­ci­dent be­cause SiRT is in con­trol of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Later on Fri­day, Ron MacDonald of SiRT, said there were two in­di­vid­u­als on the over­pass when re­gional po­lice ar­rived on the scene.

MacDonald stressed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in its early stages and said there are no clear de­tails in the chain of events lead­ing up to the death.

“One of­fi­cer ar­rived and he dealt with some in­di­vid­u­als and af­ter that in­ter­ac­tion, one of the in­di­vid­u­als fell to the road way and un­for­tu­nately was killed by his in­juries,” said MacDonald.

He added that although SiRT is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, it does not mean there was any mis­con­duct.

“It’s very im­por­tant to re­mem­ber, just be­cause SiRT is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, (it) doesn’t mean that any­body has made an al­le­ga­tion of wrong­do­ing be­cause we have to in­ves­ti­gate when­ever a se­ri­ous in­jury or death oc­curs that may have arisen from the ac­tions of a po­lice of­fi­cer,” said MacDonald.

Any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact SiRT toll free at 1-855450-2010.

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