Man charged with first-degree murder in ‘deliberate’ killing of Toronto police officer

TORONTO —
A person has been charged with the alleged homicide of a Toronto police officer Friday.

Umar Zameer, 31​, was charged with first-degree homicide after showing in courtroom at Outdated Metropolis Corridor on Friday.​

The officer died after being “deliberately” struck by a automobile close to Metropolis Corridor in a single day, Chief James Ramer stated.

“It’s with profound unhappiness that I verify the loss of life of Const. Jeffrey Northrup of 52 Division,” Ramer stated whereas offering an replace on the scenario Friday morning.

Ramer stated Northrup was responding to a name within the parking storage situated beneath Metropolis Corridor, close to Queen and Bay streets, simply after midnight when he was hit.

Northrup was rushed to hospital the place he was later pronounced lifeless, Ramer stated.

Northrup’s companion was additionally transported to hospital. She was handled and launched, police stated.

A big police presence was on scene within the hours following the incident, together with the service’s Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Images obtained by CTV Information Toronto present a darkish gray minivan with front-end injury being towed out of the parking storage by police.

Vehicle, Northrup case

Northrup, a 31-year veteran of the pressure, was in plainclothes when he and one other officer responded to a precedence name within the space. No different details about the decision has been launched by police.

Ramer stated the officers had been carrying police identification on the time of the incident.

police presence

Zameer ​will seem in courtroom once more at Outdated Metropolis Corridor on July 23 at 2 p.m., room 112.

A publication ban has been issued and no additional particulars in regards to the incident shall be launched at the moment, police stated.

OFFICER REMEMBERED AS ‘OUTSTANDING’

An outpouring of condolences adopted information of Northrup’s loss of life, with police forces and politicians throughout the Higher Toronto Space voicing their sympathies.

Police at 52 Division launched a photograph of Northrup in a tweet revealed Friday morning alongside the caption “You can be missed brother.”

In response to what TPS described as overwhelming suggestions from the neighborhood, they’ve created a web-based Ebook of Condolences.

An emotional Mayor John Tory was available for the replace from police and prolonged his condolences to Northrup’s household.

“The lack of life and the lack of a police officer is a searing type of tragedy for the entire metropolis,” he stated.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed his assist for Northup and his household, and referred to as the incident a “devastating loss.”

“I’m terribly saddened to listen to the tragic information of Const. Jeff Northrup who was killed within the line of responsibility. Jeff served his neighborhood for 31 years. My deepest condolences to his spouse, three children and your entire Toronto Police Service,” Ford stated in a tweet.

Former Toronto Police Chief and Minister of Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Invoice Blair stated in a tweet, “We share your grief and mourn the tragic lack of a buddy who died in service to his neighborhood.”

Toronto Police Affiliation President John Reid echoed these remarks whereas chatting with CP24. He stated that the incident marks simply “one other unlucky instance” of the problems going through cops within the metropolis each day.

“Lately, we at all times hope they by no means come, however sadly they do,” Reid stated. “The officers right here in Toronto have been experiencing increasingly violence over the previous couple of years.”

“The loss goes to be felt deeply by all of our members and the neighborhood.”

Tory stated that flags shall be flown at half-mast at Metropolis of Toronto areas, till additional discover, to honour Const. Northrup’s reminiscence.

The flag at Toronto Police headquarters has additionally been lowered and can stay at half-mast till the night of the funeral for Const. Northrup. 

 



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