Two people including a police officer killed in shootings in the suburbs of Toronto
Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah
Two people were shot and killed and three others injured in a chain of events Monday afternoon in suburban Toronto towns. The first victim is a Toronto police officer.
The police intervention took place successively in three cities. The suspect was eventually shot in a Hamilton cemetery and pronounced dead.
At a joint evening press briefing, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer confirmed the death of Constable Andrew Hong. He was training in Mississauga and taking his lunch break.
Agent Andrew Hong
Agent Hong was 48 years old and had worked for the police force for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, two children and parents.
He was shot in an unprovoked attack and, if I may say so, in an ambush, commented Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah.
Ane another person suffered life-altering injuries in the same attack, police said.
The first shooting occurred around 2 p.m. near Argentia Road and Winston Churchill Boulevard. This is where the policeman was killed.
Earlier in the afternoon, officers had issued a provincial alert about a dangerous armed man, which was lifted around suppertime.
Police were called to the scene of the Mississauga shooting at approximately 2:15 p.m.
< p class="e-p">The second shooting, which police say involved the same suspect, took place at a business in Milton about 10 miles from the first attack.
According to CBC information, Shakeel Ashraf, owner of Mk Collision Centre, was killed. The suspect worked at the body shop, according to friends of Mr. Ashraf.
Another person was in critical condition that evening and a third was seriously injured.
Hamilton Police Chief Frank Bergen confirmed earlier that evening that one person had been shot and arrested in connection with the two previous shootings. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 6 p.m., the Special Investigations Unit, the civilian policing oversight agency, announced that she was opening an investigation into a police action in Hamilton.
In particular, the SIU investigates when a civilian is killed or seriously injured during a police intervention.
Police had issued an alert about an armed and dangerous suspect driving a Jeep Stolen black Cherokee.
Messages of support, condolences and thanks to the police have multiplied on social media.
May Constable Andrew Hong rest in peace, Prime Minister Doug Ford tweeted. Husband, father and hero, he and his loved ones are in my prayers.
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My thoughts are with Constable Hong's family, friends and the entire Toronto Police Service who I know mourn the loss of & #x27;one of their own, wrote Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Giant letters in front of City Hall were sifted in honor of Constable Hong who was tragically killed. The flags in front of various municipal buildings are also at half mast.
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The Ottawa Police have offered their support and condolences to the communities in Peel and Halton Regions, as well as the Toronto Police.
With information from CBC