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A Ottawa Man Fell to His Death Following an Aggressive Police Raid

The brother of an Ottawa man who fell to his death from a 12th-floor window following an aggressive police raid said the tactics used by officers likely contributed to his brother’s decision to jump.

Anthony Aust, 23, died October 7, after Ottawa police conducted a search warrant on his family’s apartment on the 12th floor. Aust jumped out of his bedroom below and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which investigates when police interactions result in death.


Ottawa-based defence attorney Michael Spratt said the story is another example of why police reform is needed.

Police entered Aust’s apartment using a tactic called “dynamic entry.”

“You can’t assume just because this was a dynamic entry that they were dealing with serious charges or a risky situation,” said Spratt. “They use this tactic even in the most banal circumstances.”

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