Cop who shot suspect hailed a ‘hero’ as victim, attacker survive
TORONTO – A grandfather was viciously stabbed almost 100 times by a knife-wielding stranger as horrified bystanders screamed and watched last Thursday.
At least five people took videos of the horrifying sight.
The video shows the attacker repeatedly stabbing the victim in a four-minute assault at Driftwood Ave. and Cobbler Cres. — in the Jane St.-Finch Ave. area — at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14.
The attacker plunged the blade into the victim’s body, breaking the knife at the hilt. After yanking the blade out, he used it to continue to stab his vulnerable victim.
Passing motorists pulled up near the two men and desperately honked, and at least one man ventured close to the attacker and appeared to shout at him to stop.
Finally, a Toronto Police officer arrived and stopped the savage attack by shooting the attacker once in the lower torso.
Both the assailant and stabbing victim are recovering from their injuries.
“This officer and his partner handled an extremely difficult situation and saved this man’s life,” said Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association. “He’s a hero. Both officers acted professionally as they provided immediate medical attention to both the attacker and the victim.”
The eight-year police veteran who shot the attacker has a solid reputation.
“He’s really shy about the media. He doesn’t want an interview, saying, ‘I don’t want the attention.’ He’s really pretty traumatized,” said McCormack.
The victim, 57, had just dropped off his grandchildren at school when he was ambushed for no apparent reason while waiting for a bus.
Shocked spectators screamed, some phoned police and a motorist pulled up close to the scene and honked his horn.
The Special Investigations Unit is investigating the police shooting.
Ming Tran, 26, who faces a charge of attempted murder stemming from the incident, was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial when he appeared in court Wednesday.
Remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Nov. 15, Tran was ordered to undergo 60 days of psychiatric treatment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Tran is serving three years of probation after pleading guilty in February this year for assaulting a peace officer. He received a suspended sentence on top of six months he had already served behind bars.
Tran has twice refused to speak to SIU investigators in the past seven days.
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