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Investigation Begins Regarding Man Who Died From Fall
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation regarding the death of a man that occurred after he fell from a balcony at a South End Halifax apartment building.
Early this afternoon, HRP was called by Capital Health’s Nova Hospital site regarding a patient who was missing from their facility. There was concern the man presented a danger to himself. Police received information he had returned to his apartment at 1030 South Park St. They went to that address and forced entry through a barricaded door. The man was on the balcony and a few minutes later went over the balcony and fell a significant distance. He was rushed to hospital where he later died from his injuries.
SiRT commenced its investigation this afternoon and that investigation continues. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call SiRT at 1-855-450-2010.
The Serious Incident Response Team 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.
Ron MacDonald, QC