A 25-year-old Quebec man killed by police after striking two Canadian Forces personnel with his car was on the radar of national anti-terrorism investigators as someone who had taken to radical Islam, the RCMP says
(SOURCE) A 25-year-old Quebec man killed by police after striking two Canadian Forces personnel with his car was known to national anti-terrorism investigators as someone who had taken to radical Islam, the RCMP says.
The individual, who was shot dead following the incident in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was identified by friends as Martin Rouleau. They described him as a struggling entrepreneur and father of a young son who converted to Islam and began distancing himself from his large circle of friends south of Montreal.
For those friends who had tried to reason with him over the last year and a half, the last straw came this summer when they say Rouleau was stopped by border authorities trying to leave Canada to fight abroad with the Islamic State.
In the end, Rouleau waged his religious battle in the parking lot outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre, one of several offices run by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of Defence that serve as an outlet for injured veterans accessing support services from the federal government.
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu is also home to the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the French-language university run by DND at which officers and officer recruits receive their training.
There, a man later identified as Rouleau rammed two Canadian military personnel with his vehicle, a Nissan Altima. The incident left one of them with minor injuries, but sent the other to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
As Rouleau fled from the scene, La Presse reported, he called a 911 dispatcher and explained that he was “acting in the name of Allah.”
All of this happened with local police chasing him along one of the town’s main thoroughfares and into a residential area, where Rouleau lost control of his vehicle, flipped, and landed upside down in a ditch.
He reportedly emerged from the overturned car with a knife in his hands, a threat that drew the gunfire of police.