Brockville – The Province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any Brockville Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Alberto Ayala-Guerrero’s death on July 25, 2020 in Brockville.
On July 25, 2020, Brockville Police Service officers started looking for 56-year-old Alberto Ayala-Guerrero, a man wanted in the United States in relation to the murder of a woman, and now believed to have been in the area.
Soon after officers located him on the Highway 401 overpass at North Augusta Road, Ayala-Guerrero scaled the railing. Despite an officer yelling at him not to jump and attempting to grab hold of him, He jumped onto the highway below. He was transported to hospital where he passed away.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations