Surrey RCMP have arrested Daon Gordon Glasgow in connection with the shooting of Transit Police Const. Josh Harms on Wednesday at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station in Surrey, B.C.
According to Surrey RCMP, Glasgow was arrested at a home in the 7500 block of Boundary Road in Burnaby at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
In a press conference on Sunday morning, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald with Surrey RCMP said that no one was injured in what he described as a « high risk » arrest.
He said the home where Glasgow was arrested was a fourplex, and that the residents of the other three units were evacuated prior to the arrest. Three other people were detained by police, but released shortly afterwards. McDonald said he did not know how long Glasgow had been in the home.
The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service, Air 1 and Burnaby RCMP assisted in the arrest.
McDonald said Glasgow, 35, is currently being held in connection to an outstanding warrant of being unlawfully at large before Wednesday’s shooting.
Police are now working with the BC Prosecution Service to lay charges in connection with the shooting.
A photo taken by a neighbour in Burnaby shows police vehicles deployed to the scene of the arrest. (Submitted)
Harms, 27, was on regular patrol duty Wednesday when a suspect shot him on the platform of the Scott Road SkyTrain station around 4:20 p.m. PT.
His injuries were not life threatening.
In the press conference Barry Kross, chief of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, said that Harms is « doing well » and recovering at home.
In the following days police released surveillance footage of a shooting suspect and said they were looking for Glasgow. A sweeping four-day manhunt of the area involved at least 80 officers. Schools and residences were temporarily put on lockdown on Wednesday evening.
Shortly after the shooting at the Scott Road SkyTrain station, police released images of a suspect, who police identified as Daon Gordon Glasgow. (Surrey RCMP)
« It certainly takes a team effort for an investigation of this magnitude to come to a successful completion, a successful conclusion, as it has today, » Kross said.
Investigation ‘extremely complex’
McDonald wouldn’t comment on how Glasgow was arrested from the home, but said police « pulled out all the stops given the risk to public safety. »
« In Wednesday’s shooting we had to consider that this was not a targeted event, that the suspect was armed with a firearm and at large in public, and there was a heightened risk for violence, » he said.
« These factors pose an extremely serious risk for public safety and from the outset this has been an extremely complex investigation. »
Glasgow has a previous conviction for manslaughter in the 2010 death of Terry Scott at the McDonald’s near 110th Avenue and Scott Road, just blocks away from where Harms was shot.
Surrey RCMP have arrested Daon Gordon Glasgow in connection with shooting Transit Police Const. Josh Harms on Wednesday at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station in Surrey.
According to a release from Surrey RCMP, Glasgow was arrested without incident at 5:30 a.m. at Rumble Street and Boundary Road at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service, Air 1 and Burnaby RCMP assisted in the arrest.
Josh Harms, 27, was on regular patrol duty Wednesday when a suspect shot him on the platform of the Scott Road SkyTrain station around 4:20 p.m. PT.
His injuries were not life threatening.
Glasgow, 35, was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison minus time in custody after pleading guilty to the 2010 manslaughter death of Terry Scott at the McDonald’s near 110th Avenue and Scott Road, just blocks away from the where Harms was shot.
The man accused of shooting an RCMP officer during series of break-and-enters in western Manitoba has pleaded guilty.
Therae Racette-Beaulieu was charged last August with two counts of attempted murder as well as two counts of break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime and weapons-related offences.
He entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted murder, as well as to breaking and entering, stealing firearms and theft of a motor vehicle in Brandon provincial court on Thursday morning. He was 18 years old at the time of his arrest.
Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was shot near Onanole, Man., a town about 220 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, just south of Riding Mountain National Park, on Aug. 29, 2018. RCMP said Kingdon and another constable had arrived at a report of a break-in at a rural property near Onanole at about 9:30 p.m. when shots were fired.
Kingdon suffered a fractured skull in the shooting, while the other officer was not injured physically.
The shooting sparked a massive manhunt that ended the next afternoon in Neepawa, Man.
Three other men from Portage la Prairie — Tommy Edward Beaulieu, 21, Shane Donovan Beaulieu, 30, and Delaney Marcus Houle, 23 — were also charged in alongside Racette-Beaulieu with two counts each of breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and weapons-related offences.
Houle and Shane Beaulieu were previously granted bail, while Tommy Beaulieu was denied bail and remains in custody. All three have yet to enter pleas and are due in court again in February.
Racette-Beaulieu has been in custody since he was arrested in August. He has no prior convictions in adult court in Manitoba
Aymen Derbali swivels his wheelchair toward the large windows of his new living room, sparsely furnished with ornate rugs.
He bows his head and closes his eyes, taking a moment for his afternoon prayer, before talking about the turning point in his life — moving into a new home with his family last August, after being apart for nearly 18 months.
« I was able to go back to my home and have a normal life, like before the tragedy, » he said.
Derbali, a father of three, nearly avoided the attack that killed six people and seriously wounded him and four others at Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Centre on Jan. 29, 2017.
He was debating whether to go his local mosque that evening, but eventually told his wife he was going, and would be home in time to put their eldest son to bed.
Derbali was in his usual corner at the back of the room, when he saw the gunman come in and raise his weapon toward him.
He was hit with seven bullets, including one that struck his spinal cord. In a second, the life he’d set out for himself and his family made an abrupt turn.
Derbali regularly attends the mosque where he was shot on Jan. 29, 2017. (Julia Page/CBC)
Derbali was in a coma for the next two months. His doctors feared he’d lost most of his cerebral capacities, after surviving four heart attacks.
When he woke up, he was told he’d never walk again.
But « being able to recognize my children and my wife, for the rest of my life, that was the main thing for me, » he said.
His coma was especially hard on his then-eight-year-old son, Ayoub, who was convinced his father was dead.
« He was very upset. So when he saw me back at my home he was very, very happy. »
The wide hallways of his new home allow Derbali to move around easily. (Julia Page/CBC)
People from around the world answered the call from Dawanet, a Muslim charity, to help his family move out of their Sainte-Foy apartment — which was too cramped and ill-equipped for Derbali’s needs.
The wide hallways and door frames in the new home allow him to move around during the day, from his small desk in his bedroom to the sitting room where he can watch television with his children.
He can also watch them play soccer in the backyard in the summer.
« This solidarity has encouraged me to be more positive, and this is the beautiful thing, » he said.
Grateful for the wave of support he’s received, Derbali refuses to dwell on the act of violence he fell victim to that night. « There is much more goodness than evil on this planet, » Derbali said.
Derbali smiles at his two youngest children, Maryem, 2, and Youssouf, 6. (Submitted by Aymen Derbali)
His home still needs a few more modifications to make it fully adapted to his needs, including an adapted shower and an elevated platform to allow him to go straight to the garage from the kitchen.
But he is able to help in planning all this, now that he can type on his keyboard with two fingers and answer calls on his cellphone, lessening the burden he felt he put on his family, just 12 months before.
« I can plan the work around the house, pay the bills and help my son with his homework. »
He is also there every afternoon to greet his children when they return from school, just a few blocks away.
Derbali has started sending out resumés in hope of landing a part-time job, to supplement the income provided by the government’s compensation for victims of crimes.
But his daily routine still takes up a lot of his time. He requires three hours of home care every day, and the bullets that exploded inside his body cause him constant pain.
Nonetheless, he is committed to the humanitarian work he began long before the shooting.
Derbali, who worked as an IT specialist, is now able to type on his computer and hopes to go back to work part-time. (Julia Page/CBC)
He continues to be involved in an orphanage he helped set up in Bolivia and now wants to do more within Quebec City, to foster dialogue between groups that may have been on separate paths for too long.
« We woke up after this tragedy and said ‘We have to be more open to all the communities,' » he said.
He is encouraging Muslim youth to get involved and volunteer for homeless shelters, for example.
« In this way we can fight hate crimes and we can fight ignorance. This is the most important thing, to have concrete actions, » he said.
Derbali has also started giving conferences in high schools to show young men and women the mark hatred left in his life, convinced these face-to-face meetings will leave a much deeper impact than any government initiative.
Derbali sits in the dining room of the new home his family was able to purchase thanks to a fundraising campaign that netted more than $400,000. (Julia Page/CBC)
« You know if we have an open-minded teenager, we don’t have to be afraid for his future. »
The two-year anniversary will be an important milestone for Derbali. So will knowing the fate that awaits the young man he crossed paths with in his place of worship, two years ago.
Khadija Thabti says she can no longer bear to be alone outdoors.
When she hears sirens, she’s immediately brought back to the night of Jan. 29, 2017, when her husband Aboubaker and five others were killed as they prayed in the mosque in Quebec City.
She had a job at a daycare before the shooting, but since then she has had difficulty working with children.
« I’m scared all the time. I have nightmares, » she said on Sunday. « I tried to work, but I stopped. I wasn’t capable. It was very hard. »
Now, Thabti and her two children will receive financial support from the provincial organization that handles requests for compensation from victims of crimes — Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels (IVAC).
But before being told last week that the government will approve their claim, they had been twice denied.
Their lawyer Marc Bellemare said the fact they had to fight for two years is unacceptable.
« They will live all their lives with this weight, this trauma, » he said at a news conference in Quebec City on Sunday, announcing his client’s legal victory.
« Those delays are not acceptable in Quebec. So I hope that the minister of justice will give instructions to the public servants to accept these cases as soon as possible. »
Now that the family has been officially recognized as victims by IVAC, the three will receive compensation for all psychological treatment deemed necessary by a doctor, reimbursement for lost income since the time of the shooting and a supplemental income for life based on potential loss of earning potential.
Thabti and her son Mohamed said that being recognized as victims will make life easier as they continue to cope with the trauma of losing Aboubaker.
Mohamed Thabti says he is frustrated it took so long for IVAC to recognize that he, his sister and mother are victims of the Quebec mosque shooting. (CBC News)
They now hope that the families of other victims will be afforded the same compensation.
Bellemare said that IVAC « lies to the victims everyday, » by stating in court and on its website that you must demonstrate injury resulting directly from a criminal act.
This case, he said, proves that indirect victims of the mosque shooting must also be compensated.
« They need help, » he said. « The first responsibility of IVAC is to help people. »
Mohamed saw shooter Alexandre Bissonnette at the mosque in the days leading up to the shooting.
When they later saw footage on television of Bissonnette in handcuffs, it further traumatized him, his mother said.
« What really shocked me was when I entered the mosque, there were still traces of blood and bullet holes in the walls, » said Mohamed.
Two days before deadline
With only two days remaining before the two-year window closes for indirect victims of the shooting to apply for compensation, Bellemare is urging anyone who was at the mosque that night, or who had family at the mosque, to come forward.
He said he would help them file the necessary paperwork free of charge.
A spokesperson for Quebec Justice Minister Sonia Lebel told CBC that the minister did not personally intervene in the reversal of Thabti’s status as a victim.
However, the spokesperson added that the government is in the process of making reforms that may include modifications to the law that governs IVAC.
« Our challenge is to evaluate if these funds are used to maximize aid to victims of criminal acts, » they said in a statement.
The Special Investigations Unit has ruled that there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against two Toronto police officers in connection to the death of the Danforth gunman in July, 2018.
The police watchdog found that Faisal Hussain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 22, after he opened fire on a busy stretch of Danforth Ave., killing two people and leaving 13 others injured.
The report, released Wednesday, not only cleared the officers but gave graphic new details on what happened that night, as well as providing evidence photos.
A person first called 911 at 10 p.m. to report that “someone had been shot on the Danforth” at Pappas Grill.
“The 911 communications centre was immediately flooded with other callers reporting a shooting on Danforth Ave. and that people were running or injured,” the report found. “One caller indicated that the shooter, Mr. Hussain, had stood on top of a woman and shot her multiple times in the back. At 10:05 p.m., another caller reported that Mr. Hussain was heading westbound on Danforth Ave. and was in possession of a black handgun.”
Two officers in a cruiser encountered Hussain on the west sidewalk of Bowden St. and approached him. Hussain fired at them multiple times and “fearing for their lives,” the two officers fired back, the report found.
One officer “moved to take cover behind the police vehicle and discharged his firearm, hitting the police cruiser’s rear passenger window, causing the glass to shatter and a projectile to become lodged in the window’s frame,” the report found.
“Mr. Hussain fled northbound on Bowden St. and then westbound on Danforth Ave.”
A few minutes later, Toronto police officers found Hussain’s body on Danforth Ave., in front of the Danforth Church, at 60 Bowden St. A black Smith and Wesson .40 calibre handgun and two fully loaded handgun magazines were found near his body.
An autopsy later confirmed the cause of death, the SIU said.
“I believe that (the officers) are credible and their accounts of the incident quite reliable because their statements were overwhelmingly consistent with the remainder of the evidence, including the statements of multiple civilian witnesses who witnessed or heard the exchange of gunfire,” SIU Director Tony Loparco wrote.
The SIU is an agency that investigates incidents involving police in which someone is killed, injured or accused of sexual assault.
Rhianna Jackson-Kelso is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @RhiannaJK
Jurors acquitted Jahmal Richardson, 33, of all charges, though he remains in custody facing prosecution on other offences.
The pair was among a group of young men captured by security camera footage walking on Spadina when gunfire erupted outside the New Ho King restaurant. No witness could positively identify the shooters, and defence lawyers argued an associate was the triggerman.
Several witnesses testified about the distinctive clothing worn by the gunmen and Taylor’s dying words to a police officer included a description of his executioner wearing clothing similar to what Sparks MacKinnon had on that evening.
The just-completed case was not a gang-related murder trial, but police allege Richardson, whose street name is Bambino, is the leader of HOK, or Heart of A King, a street gang that evolved from a Nova Scotia gang North Preston’s Finest.
Just as jury selection got underway in November, the judge imposed a ban on a TV station broadcasting a photo identifying a jailed Richardson holding a cellphone and posing with lobster, steak and root beer. The publication lifted Friday after the jury was sequestered.
In 2016, Toronto police announced dozens of arrests stemming from Project Sizzle which targeted HOK members and associates alleged to have been involved in numerous shootings, homicides, weapons and drug trafficking and prostitution. The gang’s activity was centred around adult entertainment establishments and bars in downtown Toronto, investigators said at the time.
Sparks MacKinnon will be sentenced next month.
Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy
Jerry Pinksen introduced his girlfriend, Danielle Kane, to all the expected things on her first trip to Newfoundland over Christmas. The couple visited friends and family in Pinksen’s hometown of Straitsview on the Northern Peninsula and spent time outdoors enjoying the winter weather.
« I got to ride on a Ski-Doo for the first time, and I drove it too, » Kane told The St. John’s Morning Show. She called the experience « exhilarating, » even if she was surprised by how cold her thumbs got.
« Remember, she’s still a mainlander, » Pinksen joked. « There’s only so much we can do; she’s not so tough as us. »
But Kane is actually plenty tough, as her boyfriend of two years and many others have seen first-hand over the past few months. The ability to travel for a Christmas vacation in rural Newfoundland is one sign — of many — of how much the Toronto woman has recovered since she was injured in the July 22 shooting in the city’s Danforth neighbourhood.
Kane rode — and drove — a snowmobile for the first time while on the Northern Peninsula. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)
« It was fantastic. I loved it. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, » Kane said. The trip came just five months after she spent 11 days in a medically induced coma in intensive care, the start of her long recovery from injuries that left her in a wheelchair.
« I felt like I was coming home even though I hadn’t met a lot of the folks up there. »
July 22 shooting
On the evening of July 22, Pinksen and Kane were having dinner with a friend on the patio of the Danforth’s 7Numbers restaurant when they heard gunshots.
The group ran inside for shelter but Pinksen, an emergency room nurse, left to help when he heard someone outside had been shot.
« With my medical training I knew I could help this person, so I told Danielle, ‘I have to exit, I have to help this woman,' » he said.
He didn’t know that Kane, a nursing student herself who had first aid training, had followed him to the restaurant’s emergency exit.
« I didn’t think that Jerry should go out by himself because in any emergency situation you’re going to want all hands on deck, » Kane said.
If the gunshot was just a little bit higher, I probably would not have made it.– Danielle Kane
Pinksen was able to duck out of the way when he saw the shooter, Faisal Hussain, raise a gun, but Kane was hit while standing in the exit.
« I was told that if the gunshot was just a little bit higher, I probably would not have made it, » she said.
Recovering from injuries
Though she survived the shooting, her injuries mean she will remain in a wheelchair, Kane said.
Her T11 vertebra was shattered, and doctors had to fuse her T10 and T20 vertebrae. She also needed three abdominal surgeries to clean internal debris left by injuries to her stomach, she said.
Kane had several surgeries and spent 11 days in a medically induced coma after the July shooting. (GoFundMe)
« My abdomen was left open for three days because there was too much swelling. »
However, Kane says she has recovered significantly since the shooting and expects to continue to do so through her ongoing rehabilitation in Toronto.
« I’ve learned that basically I can still gain back a lot of independence. I’ll be able to drive again, I’ll be able to return to work, and I’ll still be able to have children, » she said.
« It’s not a death sentence. »
Danielle Kane attends rehabilitation therapy a few times a week and is exercising to build her strength, with a goal of getting her driver’s licence in the spring. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
She hopes to regain her licence in the spring, and plans to intern with the Ontario Nurses’ Association this summer before resuming her nursing studies in September.
Pinksen said he’s not prepared to return to work in an emergency room, but he hopes to continue to deal with the trauma of the shooting and reassess his readiness in a few months.
For now, he said, he is focusing on helping Danielle recover, especially considering the benefit his medical experience brings to their situation.
Kane, left, says she loved her first visit to Newfoundland, spent with Pinksen, standing, and his family. ‘Everyone was so warm and welcoming,’ she says. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)
« It’s better for us to be healing together and while I can help Danielle the best way I can, being a nurse, » he said.
Having Pinksen’s help, as well as the support of family and friends, has been key in staying optimistic about the future, Kane said.
« It’s been amazing. Everyone asks me, ‘Why are you doing so well?’ And I’m like, ‘I have such great support.' »
Focused on the future
Pinksen and Kane continue to have some sympathy for Hussain, 29, who killed himself after the shooting, in which he injured 13 people and killed two.
The two have had a lot to process since Kane was released from the hospital, but both still believe Hussain must have been struggling himself to act as he did.
« I still believe in my heart that this person was suffering, » said Pinksen.
« He had to be suffering to think and plan out such an assault on all these individuals and want to bring so much terror and pain. »
Pinksen and Kane both say they are trying to look ahead to their future. ‘We can’t dwell on what happened,’ Pinksen says. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)
Kane pointed to her own history with depression, saying that she believes Hussain must have been not only disturbed, but isolated and lonely.
« I try to think about how my depression affected my life before, and how maybe I didn’t appreciate what I had, all the good things I had in my life before, » she said.
Focusing on that good has helped her recovery, Kane said, because it has helped her realize how much love she has in her life and how much living she has left to do.
The couple tries to look toward the full life they have ahead instead of back on what happened, Pinksen said.
« We try not to dwell on him or that, and just know that we’re still lucky to be alive, we’re still lucky to have each other, and we’re just going to look forward. »