Monday, August 29, 2016

Autopsy results released in crossbow attack in Toronto

TORONTO — Police have released the cause of death of three people killed in a bloody attack involving a crossbow in east Toronto last week.

Toronto police Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone says a woman found in a garage on Thursday died from strangulation, a man found in the same garage died from a crossbow bolt to the neck and a man found in the driveway died from an arrowhead stab wound to the neck.

Brett Ryan, 35, of Toronto is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the slaying.

Officers called to a home on reports of a stabbing found the lifeless bodies of two men and a woman in the garage and driveway with a crossbow lying nearby. The three were later pronounced dead.

Police say a witness was also taken to hospital and treated, though no charges have been laid in connection with that person at this time.

Carbone says police want to talk to anyone who was in contact with Ryan between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Investigators have released few details about the killings or what might have motivated them.

The relationship between the accused and the four victims has not been released, and the names of the victims cannot be reported due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Ryan is due in court Friday.
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