Toronto police have charged a 31-year-old man with first-degree murder of Const. Jeffrey Northrup early Friday.
Umar Zameer appeared in court on Friday and has been remanded in custody until his next court hearing on July 23, police said.
Northrup was killed after being hit by a vehicle in what investigators called a “deliberate and deliberate act” in the parking lot of City Hall early Friday morning.
Police said earlier that a suspect had been arrested. There are no other suspects, they said.
“This event will have a profound impact on our service, on our city and on all members of the police community,” Toronto Interim Police Chief James Ramer told reporters at the scene later Friday morning.
Ramer said the incident happened shortly after midnight in City Hall Park, near Bay and Queen Street.
Northrup and his partner responded to a call from 911 about a robbery going on when they were hit, Ramer said, noting that both were dressed in suits but could be identified by name tags around their necks.
Although Ramer previously said that preliminary information about the events leading up to the incident is limited, he told reporters that the suspect was originally outside the vehicle when officers first approached him.
He confirmed that there were other passengers in the car along with the suspect, but he would not provide further information.
Northrup was transported without vital signs to nearby St. Michael’s Hospital, where he died. His partner was transported to the same hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Ramer also said the homicide unit had taken over the investigation and that a collision reconstruction unit would be on the scene.
“We believe this was an intentional and deliberate act,” Ramer said.
Our deepest condolences to the family & amp; dear to Constable Jeffrey Northrup from 52 Div., who was tragically killed overnight. We join the whole @TorontoPolice -community in grief; it is an extraordinarily devastating and meaningless loss – one that we mourn together as a city.
Served for 31 years, father of 3
Northrup leaves behind his wife, three children and mother. Although Ramer did not know the constable’s exact age when asked by a journalist, he said Northrup was about 50 years old.
Ramer said Northrup started his 31-year career with the Toronto Police Service with court services and then was referred to the 11th Division when he became a police officer in 1999. He had been a member of the 52nd Division since 2008 and was also a member of the chiefs ceremonial unit.
Northrup had trained new officers until April, when Ramer said he asked to return to the major crime.
“He was very proud of the work he did,” the boss said.
Ramer said he and members of the Toronto Police Association visited Northrup’s family overnight to deliver the “devastating news.”
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“It goes without saying that it will be most devastating for the family, colleagues and friends of Constable Northrup,” Ramer said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also spoke to reporters on Friday, expressing his condolences to the victim’s family and friends.
“On behalf of the three million people that our police officers serve [and] the men and women in the police service, I start by sending the family to Officer Northrup our deepest condolences, “he said.
Tory said the city will offer any support it can to the family and members of the service, and that flags at City of Toronto locations will be flown at half-staff until further notice.
“It’s a terrible, terrible day,” he said.
Ontario Premieres Doug Ford also offered his condolences to those close to Northrup.
“I’m terribly sad to hear the tragic news of Const. Jeff Northrup being killed during the service,” Ford tweeted. “Jeff served his community for 31 years. My deepest condolences to his wife, three children and the entire Toronto Police Service. We mourn with you for this devastating loss.”
‘Meaningless act of violence’
Jon Reid, president of the Toronto Police Association, said that when he spoke to Northrup’s mother earlier Friday, she said: ” You know he died by doing something he loved. ‘”
“It speaks to the kind of cop he was and the dedication he had,” Reid said.
He said the entire Northrup family was devastated by this “senseless act of violence”.
“This only goes to highlight the risks our officers take every day.”
The police association said it cares for Northrup’s wife and children and asks the public to respect their privacy.
In a statement issued Friday, the Toronto Police Services Board said it hopes members find support in each other.
“We know that the Toronto Police Service is very much a family in many ways, and the loss of a member has a profound and profound impact on the entire organization,” the statement said.
“In this time of extraordinary grief and sorrow, as we fight together to deal with this meaningless loss of life, we hope that the members find comfort and support in each other and in the various supports and resources available to them through the service. “