Toronto police officer ‘may have mental illness’

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A second charge has been laid in a murder investigation linked to a fatal police shooting in downtown Toronto.

The attack in August left a bystander dead, his wife in critical condition and two officers wounded.

Investigators said the suspect in the shooting, Yisrael Parada, had a history of mental illness.

Parada was arrested after allegedly shooting at three officers.

Police said in a statement on Monday that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had laid a second charge of second-degree murder against Parada in relation to the death of 75-year-old financial adviser Drunken Abdullahi Ahmed.

The police initially said that Mr Ahmed had been shot twice while he was in his car in what they described as an “unprovoked attack”. He later died in hospital.

No charges have been laid in connection with the attack on the officers.

Investigations into both attacks are ongoing.

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