Three people are dead, including the suspect, after a woman and her two daughters were stabbed south of Ottawa’s core late Monday night.
Ottawa police said in a news release they were called to a home on Anoka Street near Grasmere Crescent, just south of Heron Road, at about 10:30 p.m. for “reports of a stabbing with multiple victims.”
Police had received a 911 call from the scene reporting that three female victims had been stabbed by a male suspect who had arrived at the home.
The home at 1273 Anoka St. is owned by a woman with two daughters, according to neighbours.
When police arrived, two of the three female victims were already without vital signs, according to emergency response sources.
Suspect shot and killed by police
Police confronted the male suspect, who, according to police sources, was still holding a knife. Police then shot and killed the suspect, police sources said.
Neighbour Noella Buenti told CBC News she heard gunshots and saw the suspect’s body lying on the road. She said she also spoke to the boyfriend of one of the stabbing victims.
“He was very upset and wouldn’t talk. He just said there’s someone with a knife. And the police asked him to put down the knife and he wouldn’t. And then they shot him,” Buenti said.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate and is investigating.
The third stabbing victim remains in hospital with “multiple serious stab wounds,” police said. She was in serious condition with injuries considered not life-threatening when she was taken to hospital, according to Ottawa paramedics.
Police have not publicly identified the victims.
The SIU has not yet shared any details. The independent agency investigates deaths involving police, as well as serious injuries, officers shooting a firearm at someone and allegations of sexual assault.
Paramedic spokesperson Marc-Antoine Deschamps called the scene “complex.”
The area is about six kilometres south of Parliament Hill.
“I never thought it would happen in this neighbourhood, that’s all. Life has gone crazy,” Buenti said.
“It was unbelievable. I don’t know how many police cars were here; it was over 10, 12 police cars; an ambulance, everything.”