Man, 31, charged with first-degree murder in Toronto cop’s slaying

Umar Zameer, 31, is accused of intentionally running down and killing Const. Jeffrey Northrup in the city hall parking garage Friday morning

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A 31-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge in Friday’s line-of-duty death of a veteran Toronto cop.

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Late Friday afternoon, Toronto Police said Umar Zameer was charged with murder in the death of Const. Jeffrey Northrup, who was run down by a vehicle early Friday in a parking garage at Toronto City Hall in what Chief James Ramer described as deliberate.

“It’s very early in the investigation, but based on the evidence we have at this time … it was a deliberate and intentional act,” Ramer said during a Friday morning press conference.

A plainclothes officer with 52 Division, Northrup and his partner responded to a radio call concerning a priority robbery call in the parking garage sometime after midnight, Ramer said.

That was subsequently upgraded to a stabbing.

Toronto Police Const. Jeffrey Northrup
Toronto Police Const. Jeffrey Northrup Facebook

Both officers were attached to the ongoing response to Canada Day events at City Hall, and were wearing their badges and identified themselves as police offices, Ramer said.

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While details of what happened next are still scarce, the suspect allegedly entered a vehicle when confronted by the officers and drove at them.

Northrup was treated at the scene by fellow officers and Toronto firefighters before paramedics rushed him to hospital where he later died.

Northrup’s partner was also transported to hospital where she was treated and released for minor injuries.

The scene outside the City Hall parking garage where Toronto Police officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup was killed early Friday morning.
The scene outside the City Hall parking garage where Toronto Police officer Const. Jeffrey Northrup was killed early Friday morning. Photo by Ernest Doroszuk /Toronto Sun

“It’s an extremely difficult day for her and she’s been interviewed as part of the investigation,” Ramer said. “She has gone home, and we are making sure she is being looked after.”

Zameer was ordered held ahead of his next court appearance on July 23 at Old City Hall court.

A court-imposed publication ban prohibits police from revealing further information on Zameer, but cops did say no further suspects are outstanding.

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POLICING CAREER A LIFELONG DREAM

Toronto’s top cop says it was Northrup’s lifelong dream to be a police officer.

“When I talked to his mother this morning she said, ‘You know, he died doing something that he loved,’” Ramer said Friday. “He loved his job and went in to do that job every day, despite the dangers that we occasionally face, he continued to do that job the best of his ability.”

Northrup began his career with court services, becoming a sworn officer in 1999 assigned to 11 Division.

He’d been with 52 Division since 2008, and is a member of the chief’s ceremonial unit.

Ramer and 52 Division Unit Commander Supt. Greg Cole attended Northrup’s family home Friday morning to deliver the devastating news to his wife, three children and mother.

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Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid said the TPS family is devastated by Northrup’s death, describing it as a “senseless act of violence.”

“This only goes to highlight the risks that our officers take every day, here in Toronto and across the province and across this country,” he told reporters. “The people understand the risks these men and women take every day.”

There hasn’t been a line of duty death of a Toronto police officer since Dec. 2013, when Const. John Zivcic — a member of the 22 Division traffic unit — was killed in a collision at Bloor St. W. and Neilson Dr. in Etobicoke while responding to an impaired driver call.

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