Suspect killed after hitting two Canadian soldiers with car
A man who mowed down two Canadian soldiers Monday in a Quebec supermarket parking lot died from shots by police, authorities said.
Quebec: A man who mowed down two Canadian soldiers Monday in a Quebec supermarket parking lot died from shots by police, authorities said.
One of the two soldiers is in critical condition in the hospital in Saint-Jean sur Richelieu, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-east of Montreal, while the other was more lightly injured.
The incident occurred shortly before noon, when a car smashed into the two soldiers before fleeing with police in pursuit.
A few kilometers (miles) away, the driver lost control of his car and flipped into a ditch in the side of the road.
A witness said the driver was holding a knife and headed toward police after he extricated himself from his vehicle.
Then: "we heard between five and seven shots," the witness told news channel RDI.
A police spokesman did not confirm whether the man was armed but said officers had opened fire on the 25-year-old suspect, who they did not name but was "known to police."
"I can confirm that shots were fired," spokesman Guy Lapointe told a press conference.
The incident drew political attention when conservative lawmaker Randy Hoback referred to "unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack" in a question to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"We are aware of these reports, and they are obviously extremely troubling," Harper replied.
"We`re closely monitoring the situation and obviously we will make available all the resources of the federal government," he said.
Investigators said they have not ruled anything out.
"The investigation has only just begun," Lapointe said, adding "we are not going to speculate."
"The terrorist theory is being considered by investigators" alongside all other possibilities, another police official said.