Father charged in death of 11-year-old daughter suffered self-inflicted gunshot wound

Feb 19 2019, 2:22 pm

Police say the 41-year-old father charged with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter is currently in hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Peel Regional Police, Roopesh Rajkumar was charged in 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar’s death after the girl’s body was found in his Brampton home shortly after an Amber Alert was issued around 11 pm, Thursday evening, during the search for her.

The investigation began just before 7 pm after the girl’s mother informed police Riya had not been returned home at the expected time after celebrating her birthday that afternoon with her father.

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The mother was concerned for Riya’s wellbeing after Roopesh made comments indicating he was going to harm himself and his daughter.

Later that evening, police say Riya was found deceased in her father’s home in the area of Queen Street and Hansen Road. Roopesh was later located and arrested by OPP in the Township of Oro-Medonte as a result of the Amber Alert.

When Roopesh was arrested by provincial police, he was taken to a hospital after a gunshot wound was discovered.

“As a result of those injuries the SIU was contacted and have since determined that they will not be invoking their mandate,” said Peel Regional Police in a statement.

Roopesh will remain in police custody and he will have a court appearance once doctors say he is medically cleared to attend.