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Canadian police arrest suspect following shooting spree that left three woman dead

David Kearns

Published 23/09/2015 | 08:17

Anastasia Kuzyk (L) and Nathalie Warmerdam have been identified as two of three women killed at different sites around Wilno
Anastasia Kuzyk (L) and Nathalie Warmerdam have been identified as two of three women killed at different sites around Wilno

A shooting in a small Canadian community Tuesday morning triggered a manhunt that ended with the arrest of a man police consider a suspect in the deaths of three women.

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The unnamed 57-year-old man was arrested by police in Ottawa hours after officers were first called to a home in Wilno, a small town some 130 kilometres west of the country’s capital.

Police had initially said the man was being sought in connection with one shooting but as the investigation unfolded, officers went to a second location where they found another dead adult woman.

A third woman was found dead in a residence on Kamaniskeg Lake Road at around 11:10 am (local time) Tuesday morning.

The man was arrested around 2:30 pm (local time) in the community of Kinburn, in western Ottawa.

An Ottawa police spokesperson said: “Events like this are not very common and it just shows the teamwork between police services.

“It took a lot of teamwork, a lot of officers and investigators. We’re just happy that the suspect has been apprehended.

“Residents in the area should report any suspicious activity,” she added.

The day’s events left residents of the small town of about 300 people in shock.

Several businesses and schools in Wilno, a small town of less than 300 people, were placed on lockdown while the search for the suspect was underway.

Extra security measures were also taken on and around Parliament Hill in Ottawa, as police announced the suspect may have headed to the city.

In Wilno, residents expressed relief that the suspect was in custody, recalling a flurry of police activity in the town earlier in the day.

Speaking to the Lethbridge Herald newspaper, local resident Sara Burchat told how police warned her a male suspect was on the loose near her property.

“The cop was on the other end of the phone saying, ‘you either hide or get out.’ So I had to leave.

“It was a very scary situation to think that somebody was armed in our community,” she added.

“Knowing that the person has been arrested, it’s a relief.”

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