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WARMINGTON: Armed thug escapes cops in police car

It was a crime scene that even veteran coppers say they have never witnessed.

A Peel Regional Police squad car with the cables from a Taser attached to the top of an open passenger door could not be missed.

Below, was the yellow conducted energy device lying on the roadway on normally quiet Idlewilde Cres., in the Credit Valley Rd.-Erin Mills Pkwy. area of Mississauga.

That same door had a bullet hole inside the “O” of the painted word “POLICE.”

Surreal!

But the unusual aspect of the scene is not nearly as important as what transpired at 2:30 p.m. when officers responded to Apple Blossom Circle, near Mavis Rd. and Eglinton Ave., where a man allegedly shot a woman.

Const. Sarah Patten told the Toronto Sun officers confronted an armed suspect who was trying to flee. They tried to make an arrest, while other first responders assisted the victim who was taken to hospital in non-life threatening but serious condition.

Police located the gunman in Sandford Farm Park where they unsuccessfully “engaged him.”  He broke away and got into the running squad car.

“In the interest of public safety, the officers tried to stop him from taking the car,” said Patten.

Lethal force was used. So was a Taser. 

Neither were successful.

The fugitive drove the police car for 10 minutes before abandoning the vehicle. He stole a second car and escaped. Police were hunting for him on Tuesday night.

The SIU has been called in — even though it was unclear if the suspect had been hit or hurt. Blood was located at two crime scenes but police were not sure who was bleeding.

Needless to say this a messy story. Police were involved in a full scale manhunt and making arrangements to issue a bulletin with the suspect’s name and photograph.

He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

All of this happened just  hours after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory met on the enormous gun problem. Trudeau offered $4.5-million which will help Toronto Police but not their counterparts in Peel and other parts of the GTA.

At this scene, I heard a guest panellist on a radio talk show snickering as if this was the police’s fault. It wasn’t.

To that commentator who does not work with police, or go to crime scenes, my suggestion is to actually do both before making light of such a disturbing occurrence. This incident shows the risk police face every day.

They are up against mean, tough, armed criminals who laugh at the judicial system’s catch-and-release approach.

What happened here acts as a reminder of the types of thugs that police have to deal with.

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