STRATHROY, ONTARIO – RCMP in southern Ontario have killed terrorism suspect Aaron Driver after a confrontation on Wednesday evening.
Driver is originally from Winnipeg. He was arrested in Charleswood last year after being accused of supporting ISIS. He then moved to Strathroy from Winnipeg to comply with a peace bond that was agreed upon earlier this year by his lawyer and prosecutors.
He had been under a court order not to associate with any terror group and faced 18 other court ordered conditions.
RCMP said earlier Wednesday that they had received credible information about a possible terror threat.
They said in a statement that the “proper course of action had been taken to ensure public safety.”
Strathroy is about 40 kilometres west of London, Ontario. Its population is roughly 20,000 people.
Witnesses described seeing as many as 25 police vehicles in the area during Driver’s confrontation with police.
Canada’s national terrorism threat remains at “medium”. That is unchanged from where it stood before the incident.
The email above was sent out to security agencies and retail outlets across Ontario, Wednesday, in anticipation of a potential threat.
Driver’s Former Lawyer “Surprised”
Aaron Driver’s Winnipeg lawyer appears surprised at the turn of events that led his former client’s death in Ontario.
Leonard Tailleur represented Driver when he was arrested in Charleswood last summer and eventually wound up on a peace bond.
Tailleur says he never thought Driver was a threat to hurt anyone and feels justice officials must have felt the same way.
“Because if they thought that it was well beyond this, it was just a mere possiblity, if it went beyond that i’m sure they would have laid a charge on the criminal code and charged him with terrorism.”
Tailleur says in an assessment done on Driver, there was no psychosis or anti-social personality disorder found.
Driver’s father, Wayne, is reacting to news of his son’s death.
Surprisingly, he does not blame the RCMP for killing Aaron.
As a former member of the military, Driver says he understand how the rules of engagement work and he believes police gave his son every opportunity to give himself up.
He says Aaron had a normal upbringing, but, his life changed when his mom died when he was just seven.
Driver says after that, his son changed, adding he was very close to his mother.