WARMINGTON: Shooting up of a Toronto Police station could have been ‘worse’
It’s not lost on Toronto Police that while officers were dodging gunshots in 55 Division’s sub-station in East York the service also actually did dodge a bullet.
And some cop funerals.
“I attended the unit and spoke with the officers who were working in the area of the building that was struck by gunfire,” said Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid. “All were very concerned about the shooting and realize it could have been far worse.”
You better believe it. This was an all-out attack Friday night where a “large box of nails” left there is being investigated as a potential attempt to “spread sharp objects in front of the gate” to put officers in a vulnerable position. If there is any doubt, consider police believe the same suspect or suspects, hours later, also allegedly shot up a facility holding people before the court and justice system where staff and residents could have been struck. The shooters or shooter in a Volvo fled both scenes and remain at large.
Officers were being warned to be “vigilant” on concern for their safety. They know police officers can be murdered and on the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Sun , we pay tribute to the 18 who have been. The four officers slain in the line of duty in my 30 years are Const. Todd Baylis, Det. William Hancox, Sgt. Ryan Russell, Const. Jeffrey Northrup.
The Toronto Sun never forgets them, or the other fallen, or the dangers current police officers face. Meanwhile, in 2021, you know things are out of control when few people barely bat an eye after a police station is obscenely ambushed.
“The violence has become normal and it appears it is now tolerated by society,” said Reid.
In his 33 years in policing Reid doesn’t recall an incident quite like this one at the old 54 Division building at O’Connor Dr. and Bermondsey Rd. It should scare everybody because if a police station is not safe from attack, no place is. This comes as the city prepares to suspend police officers not revealing their vaccination status and leaders tweet about green initiatives or vaccine clinics instead of the 20 shootings in a week that resulted in four homicides.