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Man dead after fall from downtown Toronto hotel, police watchdog investigating

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SIU investigating after fatal fall from Toronto hotel
WATCH: SIU investigating after fatal fall from Toronto hotel – Jun 15, 2023

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a man who fell from a downtown Toronto hotel early Thursday.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said that at around 3 a.m., Toronto police received a call about someone throwing items onto the street from a room at a Holiday Inn Express on Lombard Street, in the area of Jarvis and Richmond streets.

Officers arrived at the scene and saw that a fourth-floor window was broken, the SIU said.

Officers then went up to the fourth floor and from outside the room, tried to communicate with a man inside, the watchdog said.

The 58-year-old man then fell to his death onto the street below.

Debris and blood-stained pillows were seen on the ground directly below where a window was broken on the fourth floor.

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The SIU investigates the conduct of officers in incidents that have resulted in death, serious injury, or alleged sexual assault.

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SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said preliminary information suggests the officers were outside the door when the man fell to the ground.

According to Hudon, it was not immediately clear what caused the man to fall.

Hudon said a post-mortem is expected to take place in the next few days.

Five investigators and two forensic investigators are looking into the incident.

The SIU appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

-With files from Global News’ Shallima Maharaj

Erica Vella / Global News

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