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

  • Speed Skating Canada investigating 'substantive' complaints against head coach

    Canada News CBC News
    The head of Speed Skating Canada tells CBC News the organization is investigating "substantive" complaints against its head coach, Michael Crowe. CEO Susan Auch says the organization forced Crowe to leave his position on Jan. 9, just a month before the Winter Olympics after a number of athletes and coaches came forward. Source
  • Haz-mat investigators descend on 3rd Toronto property tied to accused killer Bruce McArthur

    Canada News CBC News
    A haz-mat team descended Saturday on a third Toronto property associated with Bruce McArthur, the accused killer of two men who vanished from the Gay Village last spring. Resident Stephen Haskett said he first noticed police in the neighbourhood Thursday, but didn't realize at the time why they were there. Source
  • Blaze at firecracker factory outside New Delhi kills at least 17

    World News CTV News
    NEW DELHI -- A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory on the northern outskirts of the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 17 workers, a fire official said. A dozen fire engines took three hours to douse the fire in the Bawana industrial area of New Delhi. Source
  • B.C. school trustee vows to stay following controversial LGBTQ remarks

    Canada News CTV News
    CHILLIWACK, B.C. -- A school board trustee in British Columbia is vowing to stay in his job, despite calls that he resign over controversial remarks he made about LGBTQ issues. Barry Neufeld says in a statement that he "must" remain on the Chilliwack Board of Education to protect "impressionable children. Source
  • Tens of thousands stage anti-corruption protest in Romania

    World News CTV News
    BUCHAREST, Romania -- Tens of thousands of Romanians on Saturday protested against legislation passed by Parliament which critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. Protesters briefly scuffled with riot police as they massed in Bucharest's University Square. Source
  • Shutdown challenges Trump's brand as notorious dealmaker

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but U.S. President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. Source
  • Manitoba woman charged after man stabbed, house lit on fire

    Canada News CTV News
    A Manitoba woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly stabbing a man and setting his house on fire. RCMP said the incident happened Friday in Lynn Lake, a remote community more than 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Source
  • 'Jury made the right decision,' says former MMA chairman of Lac-Mégantic verdict

    Canada News CBC News
    The former railway executive in charge of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) is speaking out after the acquittal of three of his former employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. Source
  • Fatal shooting in Abbotsford, B.C., believed to be targeted: police

    Canada News CTV News
    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- Police say a 24-year-old man is dead following an apparent homicide in Abbotsford, B.C. The Abbotsford Police Department says in a statement that they received multiple reports of shots fired in a residential neighbourhood Friday evening. Source
  • Pence says U.S. stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

    World News CTV News
    CAIRO -- U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington. Source