Peel Regional Police officers will not be charged criminally in the death of a 28-year-old Mississauga woman who fell to her death from the roof of a townhouse complex.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes all incidents involving police and civilians that end in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault, ruled that the police response to the woman in distress on February 21, 2018 at a townhouse complex at Elmcreek Road and Dundas Street West was justified and appropriate, despite the tragic result.
The ruling was released Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Officers responded to a 911 call around 4 p.m. about a woman standing on the roof of a townhouse.
The police officers tried to negotiate with the woman to come down, but she jumped and fell to the pavement below.
She was treated by Peel Region paramedics at the scene and transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The forensic pathologist determined that the cause of death was due to blunt force impact to the head and torso resulting in an almost completely ruptured aorta, following “a descent from a height,” the SIU said.
The post-mortem report noted a history of mental health issues, depression and suicidal ideation, the SIU report stated.
Five suicide notes authored by the woman were seized from the home and reviewed. Each of the notes was addressed to a friend or family member and contained apologies from her for what she had done and gave directions with respect to disposal of her remains after death, the SIU said in its ruling.
In her suicide notes, the woman profusely apologized for what she had done, and clearly indicated that “this was my best option. Life has been so hard and I am making my peace with it. This was no one’s fault but my own” and “I always knew things would end this way. I couldn’t visualize my life past 30.”