UPDATE 2: Police are now saying that 34-year-old James Bishop has been released from police custody, unconditionally and without any charges.
Police released an update at 3:46 p.m. today (Nov. 1) saying that following the results of a post-mortem late Wednesday morning, investigators received further information that 55-year-old James Carson (who was thought to have been murdered) did not die as a result of an altercation.
Police say they have “no concern for on-going public safety in connection with this incident” and that they are “working in connection with the Coroner's Office and the Forensic Pathology Unit in an effort to determine the exact cause of death.”
UPDATE 1: A investigation into the “sudden death” of a man at a Niagara Falls Residence has resulted in charges of manslaughter.
On Oct 31, the Niagara Regional Police and emergency vehicles responded to a call requesting assistance for a 55-year-old male in medical distress at an address on Waters Ave. in Niagara Falls.
When first responders arrived they located 55-year-old James Carson of Niagara Falls in the residence suffering from what they’re calling traumatic injuries.
Police said they would “not be providing details on the injuries.”
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate Carson but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police originally said they were investigating the “sudden death” of a Niagara Falls man, while detectives from the 2 District Criminal Investigations Branch, Forensic Services Unit (FSU) and the Homicide Unit investigated the incident.
Police determined Carson had been involved in an altercation with another male earlier in the night and as a result they located and arrested 34-year-old James Robert Bishop of Niagara Falls at around 12:25 a.m. on Nov. 1.
Bishop is charged with alleged offence of manslaughter and is being held pending a bail hearing to be held later today at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
Police say they are investigating the sudden death of a 55-year-old man in Niagara Falls after emergency responders were called to a home in the area of Waters Ave. and Bonnie St. at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
When emergency crews arrived, a male was located in distress and was later pronounced dead on the scene, police say.
A post-mortem is to be conducted at a Hamilton hospital within the next 24 hours, while police remain at the residence for investigation.