The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

3 men charged after guard shot during armoured car 'ambush': Toronto police

  • Print

TORONTO - An armoured car guard is in critical condition after being shot several times during a robbery attempt in Toronto early Thursday, and police say he and his partner were also 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 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," said 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 18 years old, were later arrested and are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder.

Police allege the same three suspects also attempted 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."

But he said there's no indication the shooters were looking for these particular guards.

"I don't think the two individuals, the two victims, are specifically targeted — it's the actual truck or the company that's being targeted," he said.

Earl said a handgun was seized during the arrests and no other suspects are being sought. He said none of those arrested was previously known to police.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, Jaden Beckford, Nicholas Cross and Rashid Clarke are each charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of wearing a disguise with intent and seven firearms-related offences.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Home buying

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Korea Veterans Association stained glass window at Deer Lodge Centre. Dedication with Minister of Veterans Affairs Dr. Rey Pagtakhan. March 12, 2003.
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What should the legal drinking age be?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google