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Sault Ste. Marie shooter was previously charged with assaulting cop, court docs show

By The Canadian Press on October 26, 2023.

Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief Hugh Stevenson provides an update during a media availability in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bob Davies

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Court documents show a man who killed four people ““ including three children ““ before turning a gun on himself was charged with assaulting a police officer four years ago.

Family have identified the gunman behind the shooting rampage in the northern Ontario city of Sault Ste. Marie this week as Bobbie Hallaert.

Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show Hallaert was charged in December 2019 with assaulting a police officer in Sault Ste. Marie.

The documents show he received a conditional discharge and was ordered for 12 months to keep the peace, not posses any weapons, as well as participate in alcohol abuse counselling, among other conditions.

Police have called what happened in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday night a case of intimate partner violence and have not released the identities of those involved.

They have said the shooter first broke into a home on Monday night and killed a 41-year-old woman before heading to a second home and killing three children ““ aged six, seven and 12 ““ and shooting another woman, aged 45, who survived.

The 44-year-old shooter was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Chief Hugh Stevenson has said police got a domestic violence call from one of the two homes involved in the gunman’s rampage a day before the shootings took place.

Stevenson has not released further details but has said the shooter was involved in intimate partner investigations in the past.

Officers found two guns ““ a long gun and a handgun ““ at the home where the three children were found dead, police said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2023.

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