Toronto Police Chief James Ramer confirmed the news during a press conference on Friday morning.
“It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup of 52 Division,” Ramer said. Northrup was a 31-year veteran of the force.
Ramer said that Northrup was killed while responding to a call in a parking garage near Queen Street West and Bay Street.
While he and his partner were conducting an investigation, Northrup was struck by a vehicle.
“We believe this was an intentional and deliberate act,” Ramer said.
One man is in custody. The homicide squad is leading an investigation into the incident. Ramer said an update would be provided when “the appropriate” charges have been laid.
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Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the officer’s death.
“My thoughts are with officer Northrup’s family, friends, and the entire Toronto Police Service who I know are grieving right now after the loss of one of their own,” Tory said.
Northrup is survived by his wife, three children, and his mother.