Police have arrested a suspect after a Toronto police officer was shot dead in Mississauga on Monday.
22-year veteran with the Toronto Police Training Const. Andrew Hong died shortly following the attack.
Peel Police Chief Nish Duraiappah said the attack was “unprovoked,” and took place during a training course.
“While on lunch break, he was shot in an unprovoked, and, may I say, in an ambush attack, and succumbed to his injuries,” Duraiappah said on Monday.
Toronto Police confirmed Hong, who served in Traffic Services, died at 48 years of age. He is survived by his wife, two children and his parents.
The suspect 20-year-old Shawn Petry was located in Hamilton in a cemetery and was shot by Halton Regional Police. The Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate in relation to the shooting.
According to the Toronto Sun, a Peel Regional Police officer was also shot and was rushed to the hospital.
“In the same incident, a second victim suffered life-altering gunshot injuries and is currently being treated at a trauma centre in the GTA,” Duraiappah said.
The official Halton Police Twitter account posted that the suspect was located and is currently in police custody.
Authorities shut down Brone St. S from King St. to Main St. in Milton in relation to the investigation. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous.
Originally police described the suspect as a “white male” but then revised their description to being a “male black, thin build, bulk hair, wearing all black, yellow construction vest.”
“They just stopped for lunch when someone came in and shot at the officers,” a source told Toronto Sun claiming one of the officers was shot in the head.
Premier Doug Ford tweeted about the violence on Monday, saying he is “horrified by today’s senseless violence, including the killing of a Toronto police officer.”
“I’m so grateful to law enforcement for bringing this situation to an end. May justice for those killed and injured be swift.”