Sep 13, 2022
By Jane Brown
Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong was killed in an unprovoked attack while on a lunch break at a Tim Horton’s in Mississauga on Monday.
Police Chief James Ramer has confirmed the death of the 48-year-old 22-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service who was a husband, a father and a son.
The chief declared the death of the officer, described by colleagues as a gentle giant, a murder.
(Andrew Hong, 48, is seen in this undated photograph)
Investigators say Constable Hong was one of five people shot Monday, two fatally, when a 30 year old gunman dressed in black and wearing a yellow construction vest began the shooting rampage just after 2:15 in the afternoon.
Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg told reporters he was close friends with Constable Hong.
“This is an unspeakable thing and first and foremost on behalf of the more than 3200 members of Toronto Fire Services our hearts go to our police colleagues and to Constable Hong’s wife and children and his parents and his family. We’re heartbroken,” Chief Pegg explained.
Constable Hong’s death was the start of a frantic sequence of events that saw crime scenes spread out across Mississauga, Milton and Hamilton.
Investigators say the suspect was shot and killed by police in a Hamilton cemetery.