Local media is reporting that a man is charged with a second count of second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Cpl. Ryan Russell earlier this month, in downtown Toronto.
The Sun reports:
Investigators have charged Christopher Paul Bevan Prince with second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Cpl. Ryan Russell, 35, during a late-night police chase last week. The 35-year-old wanted man was held in custody and appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday afternoon. He will return for a bail hearing on Dec. 26.
The Toronto Sun says that “Russell was shot in the head on a busy street corner near Mount Pleasant and Wellington after he was stopped following a six-kilometre high-speed chase that ended with a crash.”
Both Cpl. Russell and his partner, Const. Ian Blanchette, 27, were fatally shot while responding to a call of shots fired in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood, authorities said at the time.
Just this past Tuesday, the OPP charged a man in connection with the murders. A 25-year-old man was arrested and is facing two charges. According to CTV News, police believe the man was the driver of the vehicle that led police on the chase.
According to the New York Post, police say Russell and his partner arrived on the scene of a shooting call at around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 6 and approached the vehicle.
The Post says:
A dramatic police chase through the streets of downtown Toronto ensued, ending with a hail of bullets as police said Russell, 35, and his partner shot out the windshield and windshield-wiper blades of a fleeing motorist who was allegedly armed with a handgun. The driver eventually lost control and flipped onto his roof, police said. Russell was mortally wounded and Blanchette was hit in the left eye as he tried to douse flames from his windshield. (The following day, I spoke with Russ’ grieving mother, Nancy Russell, to learn more.) The chase began in the west-end Greektown neighbourhood of Toronto, where police had responded to a shooting. The officers found the motorist and followed him from a nearby parking lot to the intersection of College Street and Finch Avenue West, where a car that appeared to be stolen slammed into a police cruiser, police said. The motorist’s car sped away, and several police cruisers followed the vehicle through the city’s Greektown area and into the downtown core. “The car crashed into an information desk, it flipped over several times,” said Constable Victor Kwong, a Toronto Police service spokesman.
The Toronto Star reported that the 28-year-old suspect in the case, with the last name Li, was believed to be carrying a handgun when he was captured following the deadly chase.
One of the charges laid today is related to the man’s possession of a loaded handgun, according to the Toronto Sun.
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Carlos Faria is a Toronto-based journalist and producer. The former contributor at OpenMedia.ca, his work covers a wide range of topics, including privacy, cybersecurity, crime, and gun violence.