One person in custody following stabbing near Ontario military base
Published Friday, June 28, 2013 1:49PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 28, 2013 9:39PM EDT
A 25-year-old man is in custody in connection with a fatal stabbing at a home near a Canadian Forces base in Petawawa, Ont.
Ontario Provincial Police were called to a home on East St. at Victoria St. shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, and found one man dead inside.
Police launched a manhunt in the small eastern Ontario town, and were aided by military police at CFB Petawawa.
Within a few hours, police had a man in custody.
The victim has been identified by police as 56-year-old Danny Petersma.
Two females, 55 and 17-years-old, were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police have not said if the victims were related and if they knew the suspect. There is also no indication that the incident is connected with the base.
“The officers launched an investigation with the OPP emergency response team, the helicopter, k-9 units,” OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae told reporters at the scene. “At 1:15 this afternoon they arrested a 25 year-old-male of no fixed address.”
The suspect’s identity has not been released. He remains in custody and faces a charge of murder.
A nearby school had been in lockdown until all of the children could be removed from the building. One neighbour called the scene around the home “hectic” after police discovered the body.
“Chaos,” the man told reporters. “Police officers all over the place, flying up the hill because they heard something about guns up at the school. Traffic’s been diverted all over the place.”
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Joanne Schnurr