Brampton Mayor Chris Fickel has praised the bravery of police officers who were on the scene and are now taking over the investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man in Brampton. Officers responded to a call at 1:15 a.m. on May 4 and shot three suspects at the scene, including the 23-year-old victim, Colten Boushie, who was treated at hospital but later pronounced dead.
“Police officers who engaged in this incredible action [were] shot at and our officers returned fire,” said Brampton’s chief of police John Pare. “Three police officers have been injured in this incident.” In addition to officers, at least three others were injured, including the suspect who is now in hospital in stable condition and two civilians.
Mr. Boushie’s family had earlier called on police to identify the third suspect who fled the scene. “He didn’t come back, it’s crazy,” Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, told reporters. “The cops had him surrounded and he didn’t show up no more.” In their first public comments since the shooting, Ms. Baptiste and Boushie’s sister, Jade, issued a statement Thursday afternoon, thanking police for their “brave act.”
“It’s amazing what they did this past week,” Ms. Baptiste said. “They risked their lives and their lives are safer because of it. They definitely saved so many other lives.”
Police are not commenting on a possible motive for the shooting.
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