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Do not approach 17-year old who shot dead Pickering Casino guard

Durham Police investigators have released the name and photo of a male wanted in the killing of a Pickering Casino security guard.

Police said if you see the suspect please call 911 immediately and do not approach him.

On Monday, October 9 at about 5:05 am, members from West Division responded to reports of an armed person at the Pickering Casino Resort located at 888 Durham Live Avenue in Pickering.

Police arrived on scene and were directed inside of the casino where they located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was rushed to a Toronto-area trauma centre where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as 34-year-old Michael Ferdinand.

The 17-year old suspect is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for Second Degree Murder.  He is of no fixed address. However, he does have ties to the Driftwood area which is in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area of Toronto, said a police statement.

He is described as male, Black, 17 years-old, 5’8, 110lbs and has a tattoo on his left elbow.

Police have received a court order allowing the distribution of the suspect’s name and image pursuant to section 110(4) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.  This information is not to be further disseminated five days after the order was granted. (November 11, 2023).

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Investigators are urging the suspect to contact counsel and turn himself into police.

Anyone who is found to be assisting him to evade police is guilty of an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada and will be prosecuted to the full extent.

Editor’s Note: Durham Post does not name or identify the accused as:
1. Of this time, they are suspect[s] and not convicted by a court, and
2. Sometimes charges are amended or dropped.

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Security guard dies in shooting at Pickering Casino Resort

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