The traffic cop was shot at close range and died instantly.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, TORONTO – A Toronto police officer and another resident were shot dead by suspects in two different Kanda neighborhoods on Monday (9/12/2022) local time. The suspect first fired at police in Mississauga, then fled to Milton and shot three people, killing one.
Local police chief James Ramer said police officer Andrew Hong, 48, of the Toronto Police Traffic Unit was shot at close range and died at the scene. “This is bad news for his family and for all members of the Toronto Police Force and our entire policing community,” Ramer said. CNNTuesday (13/9/2022).
Hong leaves behind a wife and two children. He has worked in the department for 22 years. Peel Regional Police in Mississauga earlier said they were called to the scene of the shooting, which happened at the intersection of Argentina Road and Winston Churchill Boulevard at noon. He said two people were shot there.
“The victim who was taken to hospital had ‘life-altering injuries’ and was in a trauma center,” Peel County Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah said. He called the police while firing an ambush.
After the suspect fled, three people were shot dead on Bronte Street South in the nearby neighborhood of Milton. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were taken to hospital. The condition of the injured victims was not reported until this news was released by CNN. “We believe these are the same suspects involved in the shooting here in Mississauga,” Duraiappah said.
The suspect was dressed in all black with a yellow construction vest. According to Halton County Police, the suspect has been arrested. Both police officers said they were investigating a connection between the two incidents and remained convinced they were linked to the same person. Milton, Mississauga and Hamilton are not far west of Toronto.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the shooting in Ontario Monday night. “My thoughts, and the thoughts of many others, are with everyone who knows the deceased police officer on duty in Mississauga today,” Trudeau said on Twitter. “We are also thinking of those injured in today’s shooting – we wish you a full recovery.”
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