Nova Scotia

Police watchdog not laying charges in death of man who fell from Halifax balcony

Nova Scotia’s police watchdog has concluded there are no grounds for charges against the responding officers in the death of a man who fell from a balcony at a Halifax apartment building in April.

Investigation determined neither officer had physical contact with the man until he was on the ground

Halifax Regional Police said a man died after falling from the balcony of an apartment on Carrington Place in Halifax in April. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Nova Scotia's police watchdog has concluded their investigation into the death of a man who fell from a balcony in Halifax on April 7 and will not be laying charges against the officers who responded to the call.

Halifax Regional Police say they were called to an apartment building on Carrington Place in Clayton Park around 6:30 a.m. ET after reports of a disturbance between a man and woman who knew each other.

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team said in an Aug. 24 news release that the man and woman were on the balcony when police arrived, and the man was suffering from a self-inflicted stab wound.

The release said while police were making their way to the balcony, the man went over, falling to the ground below.

Police tried to help the man, but he died at the scene.

According to the news release, the investigation determined neither officer had any physical contact with the man before he jumped off the balcony and there are no grounds to lay charges.

The Serious Incident Response Team investigates all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia.