SIU identifies four ‘subject officers’ in probe into police shooting of GTA rampage killer

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Ontario police watchdog has identified four “subject officers” in connection with the deaths of a man in shootings in three cities on Monday, in which a Toronto police officer and a Milton auto repair shop owner were killed.

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An update released by the Special Investigations Unit on Wednesday does not name the 40-year-old man who was shot in Hamilton after police chased him, but sources previously identified the star as Sean Petrie, who has a criminal record. was dating. At least 20 years back.

The SIU release said that his family had not given consent for his identity to be made public by the monitoring body.


According to the release, two officers from each of the Halton and Hamilton police services have been named as subject officers — meaning the independent investigative body believes they are the officers who caused Petrie’s death. may be made.

Another 10 Halton officers and seven Hamilton officers have been identified as witnesses.

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The investigation continues.

SIU investigates all allegations of serious injury, death, or sexual assault involving Ontario police officers. the agency has the power to charge officers with wrongdoing or to charge them under the Criminal Code; The existence of a SIU test does not imply evidence of wrongdoing.

On Monday, police arrived at a shopping plaza in Mississauga, where Const. Andrew Hong of the Traffic Services Unit of the Toronto Police and his colleagues stopped for lunch during a joint training exercise between the Toronto, Peel and York Police Services.

Hong was shot inside Tim Hortons before Petrie crossed Argentina Road near Winston Churchill Boulevard and shot resident Graham Hall, stealing his Jeep Cherokee. Hall is recovering in the hospital.

Petrie then went to Milton where he killed Shakeel Ashraf, the owner of the auto body shop, and injured two others. Ashraf’s friends and family were gathering at a mosque for his last rites on Wednesday afternoon.

Hong’s death has sparked an outpouring of emotion among Ontario emergency workers, politicians and well-wishers. He has been remembered as charming and caring, a “gentle giant”, who was known by his colleagues as “Honger” at Winged Wheels – the motorcycle squad of the Toronto Police.

Ashraf is remembered as a skilled mechanic and devoted family man who loves cricket.

The series of shootings ended in Hamilton, where at around 4:30 p.m., the SIU said the suspect was confronted by officers from Halton and Hamilton’s services at Mount Hamilton Cemetery near York Blvd.

Paramedics were called, but Petri died on the spot.

Peel police is leading a coordinated investigation into the stampede, but few details were released on Wednesday. A funeral for Const. Hong hasn’t been announced yet.

With files from Wendy Gillis
Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto-based crime reporter for Star. Follow him on Twitter: @jpags

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