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Thousands gather to honor Toronto police officer who was slain in Canada shooting rampage

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  • On Wednesday morning, over 8,000 people, including officers, politicians, family and friends, gathered for the funeral of the Toronto police officer who was slain in a shooter’s rampage last week.
  • Constable Andrew Hong, 48, was ambushed and shot dead by Shawn Petry, 30, while on his lunch break on Sept. 12.
  • He was one of the three people fatally shot by Petry that day before the suspect was later shot dead by police in Hamilton Cemetery.
  • Hong was a 22-year veteran and a member of Toronto police’s Traffic Services Unit.
  • His casket was carried to the Toronto Congress Center from the Kane-Jarrett Funeral Home in Thornhill as a parade of officers and dignitaries lined the route to pay tribute to the slain officer.

Thousands of mourners, including officers, politicians, family and friends, gathered for the funeral of the Toronto police officer who was slain in a shooter’s rampage last week. 

On Wednesday morning, mourners gathered as hundreds of police officers gave solemn salutes at Constable Andrew Hong’s funeral cortege.

Toronto police officer, auto repair shop owner killed in Canada shootings

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  • Constable Andrew Hong, a 48-year-old member of Toronto police’s Traffic Services Unit, was ambushed and shot dead by Shawn Petry, 30, in Mississauga, Ontario, on Monday.
  • Another individual at the scene was also shot. The victim, who suffered life-altering injuries, is being treated at a trauma center in the GTA.
  • Petry also went to MK Auto Repairs in Milton, where he shot three individuals. The shop owner, Shakeel Ashraf, was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • One of the other two victims is in critical condition, while the second is in serious condition, according to reports.
  • The suspect was later located in Hamilton, where he was shot and killed by the police in the Hamilton cemetery.
  • Information on the suspect’s motive and the interaction that led to his death has not been released.

A Toronto police officer and an auto repair shop owner were fatally shot while three others suffered gunshot wounds in two separate shootings before the gunman was killed by the police.

Constable Andrew Hong, 48, was at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, at around 2 p.m. on Monday when he was ambushed by Shawn Petry, 30, who shot him dead. 

Officers who fatally shot Hmong American man during Lava Fire evacuation will not face charges

  • Officers from three law enforcement agencies who fatally shot Soobleej Kaub Hawj on June 28, 2021, during an evacuation from the Lava Fire in Northern California will not be charged for their actions, according to prosecutors.
  • In a letter addressed to the agencies on June 14, Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus said the officers’ use of deadly force was “justified,” adding that the “quick action” of one of them may have “saved lives.”
  • Hawj, who died at 35, was shot dead after he allegedly pointed his firearm at the officers who barred him from entering the fire zone.
  • The shooting escalated tensions between local authorities and Hmong residents, who had been in conflict for months over a crackdown on illegal marijuana farms and alleged discriminatory, anti-Asian policies.
  • Hawj’s family, who witnessed his death, remains skeptical of the district attorney’s findings and is reportedly considering filing a civil lawsuit.

Officers from three law enforcement agencies who fatally shot a Hmong American man during an evacuation from last year’s Lava Fire in Northern California will not be charged for the incident, according to prosecutors.

On June 14, Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus announced that the use of deadly force by four officers who opened fire on Soobleej Kaub Hawj was “justified,” and that each of them was cleared from criminal liability.