Arrest made in Toronto shooting death after offer of reward of up to $250K

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Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said while police can't take away a family's pain, an arrest can help with peace of mind.  (CBC - image credit)
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said while police can't take away a family's pain, an arrest can help with peace of mind. (CBC - image credit)

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a Toronto shooting death last October after police announced a reward of up to $250,000 as part of a new program that aims to track down some of Canada's most high-profile fugitives.

At a news conference Tuesday, The Bolo Program — alongside officials from Toronto police — launched its "top 25" initiative, in an effort to find people wanted for crimes like murder, attempted murder and human trafficking. Several people included on the list are wanted by Greater Toronto Area police forces. The program is the brainchild of Stephan Crétier, the founder of GardaWorld Security Corporation, a private security company.

Topping the list was a 32-year-old wanted in connection with the killing of 43-year-old Craig MacDonald on Oct. 13, 2021. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Investigators announced Wednesday that the accused had been arrested, and said he was scheduled to appear virtually in court this morning.

Police say MacDonald was shot in a parking lot in the Cinemart Drive and Milner Avenue area of Scarborough.

In a statement reacting to the news, MacDonald's sister Drema said Wednesday there was an enormous relief, but also sadness after the news of the arrest.

"This arrest won't bring Craig back, it does not end this chapter of grief. The only grace it brings is that it allows us to take the next step forward in this most unfortunate journey," she said.

Submitted by Drema MacDonald
Submitted by Drema MacDonald

Drema added that when she said her final goodbye to her brother, she promised to take care of his kids and make sure that justice is served.

In a statement that was read aloud at Tuesday's news conference, she said her brother was celebrating after a Toronto Maple Leafs win when he was killed.

"Craig was just an ordinary guy. An exceptional guy, but ordinary, no less," she said. "And he was doing a very ordinary thing, celebrating a Leafs win, when in the flick of a moment, the flick of a finger, his life was ended.

"Losing my incredible brother has been a nightmare. But to know that the person responsible has not been brought to justice is a special kind of torture."

During the news conference, Drema asked that people be on the lookout for her brother's alleged killer.

"Having him behind bars won't end our nightmare — nothing will. But it will allow us to take our next step forward, and hopefully ensure that another family will not be forced to walk the same path."

Speaking at the news conference, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said while police can't take away a family's pain, an arrest can help with peace of mind.

"We hope this provides a small amount of closure for the victim's family," Ramer said in a statement Wednesday, after the arrest was announced.

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