Within a 24-hour span this week, 41 Division officers arrested a suspect wanted for attempted murder and a firearm offence and seized a loaded handgun that was allegedly found in the vehicle of a man with four outstanding warrants.
On August 14, members of the Division’s Major Crime Unit along with the Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force arrested 35-year-old Kemal Bethune of Toronto.
Ten months ago on September 4, 2018 at about 10 p.m., police responded to a call for a shooting in the Birchmount Rd. and Ellesmere Rd. area where they found a 56-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the throat.
“There were very few leads to go on and very limited evidence at the scene, but the dogged work by our investigators led to someone ultimately being held responsible for this crime,” said Insp. Paul MacIntyre.
Bethune, who appeared in court yesterday, faces nine charges, including attempted murder, possession of an unauthorized firearm and drug possession.
On August 15, officers on general patrol attempted to stop a man for suspicion of stealing a car.
“They quickly responded, engaged a male in a foot pursuit and recovered a loaded handgun in the process,” said MacIntyre.
Rohullah Hadi, 20, faces 13 charges, including the unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime, failing to comply with probation and failing to attend court.
In addition, there were four outstanding warrants on Hadi. He was scheduled to make a court appearance on August 16.
This arrest was made the same day that the Service’s 11-week gun violence safety initiative was rolled out.
“Though we are putting extra resources on the road to combat gun violence, these two arrests are just part of the day-to-day activities that we see our men and women at 41 Division doing,” added MacIntyre. “Neither one of these significant arrests are part on the enhanced reduction measures. These are just part and parcel of our regular Major Crime Unit investigations as well as our officers out there on general patrol being visible and responding to radio calls when they come in and responding very quickly.”