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Murder spree ends with gunman shot in Hamilton Cemetery

Murder spree ends with gunman shot in Hamilton Cemetery

A senseless shooting spree that claimed the life of a Toronto police officer and one other person,  ended Monday afternoon with the gunman shot dead in the Hamilton Cemetery. Toronto Police say their officer, Constable Andrew Hong, was allegedly ambushed and fatally shot while on a lunch break during a training exercise.

Monday, at around 2:15 p.m., Hong, of Traffic Services, stopped in the area of Argentia Rd. and Winston Churchill Blvd. at a local Tim Horton’s restaurant.

 The 48-year-old officer was in Mississauga taking part in a joint training exercise with officers from Peel and York.

From there the gunman apparently fled to an auto body repair shop in Milton where three more people were shot, one fatally. Shakeel Ashraf, the owner of MK Auto Repairs was identified as the victim.

Feeling that scene in a black Jeep Cherokee, the gunman ended up in Hamilton on York Boulevard with police from multiple services in pursuit. At approximately 4:30 PM Monday the gunman was shot and fatally wounded.

The Cemetery is closed today as police recover evidence

Toronto  Chief James Ramer said “I am working closely with Chief Nishan Duraiappah to determine what exactly happened to our officer,” he said. “I can say that our preliminary information is that Constable Hong was shot at close range and died at the scene.”

Hong, who joined the Service 22 years ago, is survived by his wife, two children and his parents.

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