10 dead as van strikes crowd of pedestrians in Toronto
A man plowed a rented van down a crowded sidewalk in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring 15 others, authorities and sources said.
Later, as cops caught up to suspect Alek Minassian, 25, he leaped out of his vehicle and entered into a standoff with them, pointing what appeared to be a weapon as they trained their guns on him, video shows.
“Kill me!’’ Minassian shouted. “Shoot me in the head!”
After several tense seconds, the suspect threw away the object and police ran to cuff him.
It’s not clear what the object was, but police later said no firearm was recovered at the scene.
Minassian, who attended college in Toronto, may have suffered from mental health problems and posted a rambling, incoherent message on Facebook just a few days ago, a law enforcement source told The Post.
“It was like the ranting from an emotionally disturbed person,” the source said about the post. “It was all over the place.”
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