Ontario town mayor says councillor may have died protecting daughter

A small-town Ontario mayor says that a beloved councillor was likely killed trying save his daughter from a gunman at his Almonte, Ont.

See Full Article

, home.

Police have yet to confirm several key details surrounding the Thursday morning tragedy, but Mississippi Mills Mayor Shaun McLaughlin believes Coun. Bernard Cameron died trying to shield his daughter from the gunfire.

“I’m pretty sure (when) all the forensic evidence comes in, it’s probably going to show that our friend Bernard died a hero,” McLaughlin said at a community vigil.

“I’m pretty sure he stepped in front of his daughter to save her and risked his own life doing it.”

Police were alerted to the violent incident around 7:30 a.m. Thursday after a call to 911. When officers arrived, a 65-year-old man was found dead of a gunshot wound. A 33-year-old man and Cameron’s 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Cameron, were taken to hospital with critical injuries.

The 33-year-old man -- later identified by OPP as the lone gunman -- was pronounced dead shortly after.

Police haven’t officially named the three victims or described their relationship to each other, but the town’s mayor and several others within the community have confirmed their identities.

Sources told CTV Ottawa that the gunman was Sarah Cameron’s former partner and that the violent attack came after a break-up. Sources say the councillor was helping his daughter get back on her feet after the split and was in the process of helping her buy a home.

The tight-knit community of 12,400, located about 50 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, was shocked by the tragic news. Hundreds gathered Thursday night at an emotional vigil to mourn Coun. Cameron, a former high school teacher, and pray for his daughter’s recovery.

Sarah Cameron, a mother of two young children and personal support worker, was rushed from her father’s home to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her condition was reported to be stable Thursday night. Friends say she has been able to speak with family and has undergone emergency surgery.

Co-worker Carolyn Della Foresta described Sarah Cameron as a “very bubby, energetic person.” A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the family.

“We just want her to know that we’re wishing her the absolute best, that our thoughts and prayers are with her constantly and we can’t wait until she comes back and works with us,” Della Foresta said.

A spokesperson for a nearby women’s shelter says she believes the deadly incident was a targeted attack.

“It is our understanding and our belief that unfortunately Bernard Cameron died in the crossfire as a result of violence against women,” said Erin Lee of the Lanark County Interval House.

Lee says the tragedy underlines the fact that women -- especially those in rural communities -- continue to face instances of domestic abuse.

“It’s important for women to know there are programs, services and people who want to have the dialogue. It’s important to know that your community backs you,” Lee said.

Police released few new details Friday other than to confirm that the investigation is expected to last several days.

“It’s a tragic, tragic thing to happen in a small town. People want answers, people want confirmation about what happened,” said OPP Const. Greg Streng. “In the interest of making sure everything is done properly, and doing a good, thorough investigation, it may take a few days.”

With files from CTV Ottawa



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Lawsuit filed against operators of limo in fatal NY crash

    World News CTV News
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the "dangerous and defective" vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of the victim's parents. Source
  • NATO deputy calls for alliance unity on 'increasingly aggressive Russia'

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX -- NATO's deputy secretary general is making a pitch for alliance unity in the face of what she says are "complex and challenging security issues" that include an "increasingly aggressive Russia." Rose Gottemoeller made the comments in an address today before the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which is wrapping up after four days in Halifax. Source
  • Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn arrested in financial misconduct probe

    World News CBC News
    Nissan Motor's chair Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds, the company said Monday. The Japanese automaker's chief executive Hiroto Saikawa confirmed that Ghosn was arrested after being questioned by prosecutors following his arrival in Japan earlier in the day. Source
  • Outsiders, academy members to pick Nobel Literature winners

    World News CTV News
    COPENHAGEN -- Only half of those who choose the winners of next year's Nobel Prize in literature will be members of the scandal-rocked Swedish Academy that has always previously awarded the prize, the prestigious body said Monday. Source
  • Volcano of Fire, already deadly this year, threatens Guatemalans again

    World News CBC News
    About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala's Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Guatemala's volcanology unit said that explosions from the 3,763-metre high mountain shook homes with "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive. Source
  • Ont. woman who livestreamed her chemo session dies from cancer

    Canada News CTV News
    A Windsor, Ont. woman who livestreamed her chemotherapy session has died, according to a family statement on Facebook. Michelle Prince’s spouse, former Windsor, Ont. mayor Eddie Francis, said she died early Sunday morning, five years after her cancer diagnosis, according to a note on Prince’s personal social media page. Source
  • Toronto police charge 6 students in St. Michael's College School investigation

    Canada News CBC News
    Toronto police have charged six students in connection with an alleged sexual assault at St. Michael's College School. Deputy Chief James Ramer said five students turned themselves in on Monday, while another was arrested on his way to school. Source
  • Six students arrested, charged in St. Michael's investigation

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Toronto police have confirmed six teens have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault at an all-boys private school in Toronto.WATCH LIVE: Police update on Toronto private school assault allegations investigation Source
  • Taiwan president defends pro-independence film award winner

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING -- Taiwan's president expressed her support for the prestigious Golden Horse film awards after a pro-Taiwan independence director's speech ignited controversy in mainland China. "We have never accepted the term 'Chinese Taiwan,"' Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post Sunday. Source
  • Caught on camera: Stepbrothers tail suspected impaired driver

    Canada News CTV News
    Two stepbrothers from the Toronto area recorded video as they followed a suspected drunk driver while on the phone with a 911 operator. The video was taken Friday night in Richmond Hill, Ont. It shows a white car performing multiple dangerous manoeuvres, including stopping in a live lane and swerving into oncoming traffic. Source