An officer arrested a suspect in the deadly van attack. The actions of the officer in arresting a suspect was a “shining moment” in an otherwise horrific day.
Horrific ordeal in the city
According to Mike McCormack of the Toronto Police Association, the arrest was caught on videos served as a glimmer of hope for a city caught in tragedy.
With the city on edge after the midday massacre, social media hailed the officer as a paragon of restraint in the face of abject terror based on the footage of his tense standoff with the alleged driver. The incident occurred not far from the stretch of Yonge Street where a man driving a van killed 10 people and injured 15 others.
McCormack added that it could have gone either way. If the threat escalated, it would have been a different outcome. The officer reacted to what he was seeing and what his training taught him. His action may have prevented additional deaths.
The officer was one of the many first responders who ran towards the danger as the van mounted the sidewalk between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue. The officers pushed pedestrians out of the van’s path, performed CPR and attended to injured victims.
Even among seasoned officers, the carnage was the worst they had ever witnessed. McCormack was in touch with the unidentified arresting officer who was overwhelmed with emotion but eager to return to the streets.
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