SIRT investigates apparent suicide of missing hospital patient in front of Halifax police

Published on February 3, 2014
A Halifax Regional Police car sits in front of an apartment on South Street in Halifax Feb. 3 where a man fell to his death.                  
Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax

Metro Halifax

The provincial unit that investigates serious incidents involving police has taken over after a missing hospital patient apparently took his own life in front of officers in Halifax on Monday.

A release from Halifax Regional Police states officers received a report that a 27-year-old man “who may have presented a danger to himself,” was missing from Capital Health’s Nova Scotia Hospital site.

Police went to the man’s home at an apartment building in the 1000 block of South Park Street around 1:30 p.m., and found the door had been barricaded

Officers were forced to break the door down, and entered the apartment to find the man outside on the balcony.

“Minutes later, the man went over the balcony, landing on a platform below,” states the release.

Paramedics rushed the man to hospital, where he died.

Serious Incident Response Team director Ron MacDonald said his team will interview the officers and civilian witnesses to figure out what happened in those few minutes when police were in the apartment and the man was on the balcony.

“Those particular details are all unclear to us at this point, having just started our investigation,” said MacDonald. “But obviously that’s part of our investigation, is to determine what actions police actually took once they got there and what the interactions with him were.”