31-year-old man charged with first degree murder in murder of Toronto cop – .

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31-year-old man charged with first degree murder in murder of Toronto cop – .


Umar Zameer, 31, is accused of intentionally knocking down and killing Const. Jeffrey Northrup in City Hall parking lot Friday morning

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A 31-year-old man faces a first degree murder charge in the death on Friday of a veteran Toronto police officer.

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Late Friday afternoon, Toronto police said Umar Zameer had been charged with murder in the death of const. Jeffrey Northrup, who was hit by a vehicle early Friday in a Toronto city hall parking lot in what Chief James Ramer called deliberate.

“It’s very early in the investigation, but based on the evidence we have at this point … it was a deliberate and intentional act,” Ramer said at a press conference on Friday morning.

A 52nd Division plainclothes officer Northrup and his partner responded to a radio call about a priority call for theft in the parking lot shortly after midnight, Ramer said.

It was then turned into a stab.

Agent de police de Toronto Jeffrey Northrup Facebook

Both officers were committed to the ongoing response to the Canada Day events at City Hall and were wearing their badges and identified themselves as police offices, Ramer said.

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While details of what happened next are still scarce, the suspect is said to have entered a vehicle when confronted by police and run into them.

Northrup was treated at the scene by fellow Toronto police and firefighters before paramedics rushed him to hospital where he later died.

Northrup’s partner was also taken to hospital where she was treated and released with minor injuries.

The scene outside the City Hall parking garage where Toronto Police Officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup was killed early Friday morning. Photo d’Ernest Doroszuk /Toronto sun

“It’s an extremely difficult day for her and she has been interviewed as part of the investigation,” Ramer said. “She’s gone home and we’re making sure we take care of her. “

Zameer was taken into custody ahead of his next court appearance on July 23 at the Old Town Hall courthouse.

A court-ordered publication ban bars police from revealing further information about Zameer, but cops said no other suspects were pending.

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POLICE CAREER A LONG-LASTING DREAM

Toronto’s best cop says it was Northrup’s lifelong dream to be a police officer.

“When I spoke to his mother this morning, she said, ‘You know, he died doing something he loved,’” Ramer said on Friday. “He loved his job and did this job every day, despite the dangers we sometimes face, he continued to do this job to the best of his ability. “

Northrup began his career in the forensic service, becoming a sworn officer in 1999 assigned to the 11th Division.

He was part of the 52nd Division since 2008 and is a member of the chief’s ceremonial unit.

Rowing and 52 Division Unit Commander Superintendent. Greg Cole visited the family home in Northrup on Friday morning to deliver the devastating news to his wife, three children and mother.

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Toronto Police Association president Jon Reid said the TPS family was devastated by Northrup’s death, describing it as a “senseless act of violence.”

“It just underscores the risks our officers take every day here in Toronto and across the province and across the country,” he told reporters. “People understand the risks these men and women take every day. “

There have been no deaths in the line of duty of a Toronto police officer since December 2013, when Const. John Zivcic – a member of the 22nd Division traffic unit – was killed in a collision on Bloor Street West and Neilson Drive in Etobicoke while responding to a call from an impaired driver.

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