Second charge laid in murder investigation linked to fatal police shooting

Police say suspect, who is on bail for drug trafficking and weapons offences, is in custody after the fatal shooting Second charge laid in murder investigation linked to fatal police shooting in downtown Toronto…

Second charge laid in murder investigation linked to fatal police shooting

Police say suspect, who is on bail for drug trafficking and weapons offences, is in custody after the fatal shooting

Second charge laid in murder investigation linked to fatal police shooting in downtown Toronto

A second man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a Toronto police officer who was killed while investigating an armed robbery.

Elijah Smith, 32, had previously been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly rammed a marked police cruiser on 31 June. He made his first court appearance on Wednesday in Toronto.

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The first person charged in connection with the murder of 53-year-old Sergeant Ryan Russell was Adam Kargus, 22, who was also hit by the suspect’s vehicle and stabbed. Smith was later identified as the driver.

Earlier on Wednesday, Toronto police chief Mark Saunders said a second man, 25-year-old Jozef Sliwinski, had been charged in connection with the death of Sergeant Russell, adding: “Our number one priority is identifying those responsible for Sgt Russell’s death and bringing them to justice.”

Sliwinski had been arrested a short time after the officer’s shooting. Saunders said Sliwinski had been arrested during a traffic stop and placed under arrest for possession of cocaine. The circumstances leading to the officer’s shooting are unclear, with various outlets reporting that Sliwinski may have called the officer and then fled as he was being chased.

Russell’s killing is now being investigated by the Canadian police watchdog agency.

Kargus and Smith are in custody.

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