Moka Café Killings

Published: August 15, 2015

Moka Café Killings, York Regional Police arrested the prime suspect in the deadly Moka café shooting in a “high-risk” takedown on busy Highway 400 near Barrie, Ont., as motorists headed toward cottage country on Friday afternoon.

Police said the suspect and a woman who was with him were arrested in the northbound lanes of the highway, between Mapleview Drive and Essa Road, near Barrie around 2 p.m.

Const. Andy Pattenden said the “high risk” arrest involved heavily armed officers descending on the suspects from unmarked vehicles.

Twitter user @ddavidson77 posted this image from Highway 400 of several unmarked police vehicles boxing in the suspect’s SUV. (@ddavidson77/Twitter)

Mike Newton was driving in heavy northbound traffic with his wife when he noticed two unmarked SUV-type vehicles race past on the highway’s shoulder with their flashers on but no sirens. Seconds later, two more vehicles raced by on the left side of the highway.

The vehicles then crashed into an SUV, pinning it on all sides, Newton said. Heavily armed officers in both tactical gear and plain clothing swarmed the vehicle, including one officer who appeared to be on the vehicle’s hood.

“It was lightning fast,” Newton said, noting the entire arrest took place in minutes, possibly seconds.

Moments later, with the suspect under control, Newton was waved along.

York Regional Police say the male suspect had a firearm when he was arrested. Nobody was injured, Pattenden said.

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