SIRT in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter man falls to his death from over­pass

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Syd­Ney

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

Their on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now re­gard­ing the cir­cum­stances that lead to the death of the 27-year-old.

“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 who sent three in­ves­ti­ga­tors to Syd­ney Thurs­day even­ing.

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

SIRT is re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing all se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice in Nova Sco­tia, whether or not there is an al­le­ga­tion of wrong­do­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der the di­rec­tion and con­trol of in­de­pen­dent civil­ian di­rec­tor Ron Mac­Don­ald.

The team can in­de­pen­dently be­gin an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a re­fer­ral from a chief of po­lice, the head of the RCMP in Nova Sco­tia or the min­is­ter of jus­tice.

It can also in­ves­ti­gate af­ter a com­plaint from the pub­lic.

The Po­lice Act re­quires the di­rec­tor to file a pub­lic re­port sum­ma­riz­ing the re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion within three months af­ter it is fin­ished.

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