Monday, November 24, 2014

Armoured car guard shot during ‘ambush’

TORONTO—An armoured car guard is in critical condition after being shot several times during a robbery attempt early today in Toronto.
Police say he and his partner also were targeted earlier this month.

Toronto Police Staff Insp. Mike Earl said the 37-year-old guard was “ambushed” by three males as the Garda World security company truck pulled up to service a TD Bank branch (in the Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue area).
“There were numerous shots fired in this incident that lasted approximately less than a minute—40 seconds, 45 seconds,” noted Earl.
He said the number of shots fired was “in the double digits.”
Earl said the guard, who returned fire, took four rounds to the body and was undergoing surgery.
He said a second guard never got out of the truck—which went into lockdown—and the suspects fled on foot.
Three men, all aged 18, later were arrested and are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder.
Police allege the same three suspects also tried to rob a Garda World truck operated by the same pair of guards in the same area on June 5, also in the early-morning hours.
“It happens to be that it’s the same victims in this case that were targeted,” said Earl.
“These individuals no doubt planned this and attempted this on an earlier date,” he alleged.
“And today they tried and made a similar attempt, which resulted in a shootout.”
Earl said a handgun was seized during the arrests and no other suspects are being sought.
He said none of those arrested previously were known to police.

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