‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought in Centretown homicide

Ottawa Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for first-degree murder for 33-year-old Steven Frenette, the man suspected in a shooting death that took place Saturday afternoon in Centretown.

The victim of the city’s 21st homicide of the year, identified as Lee John Joseph Germain, 32, was found seriously wounded at 571 McLeod St. after shots had been heard around 4 p.m. on Dec. 10.

frenetteA Canada-wide warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Steven Micheal Frenette.

Germain was rushed to hospital but died.

Police later identified Frenette as the alleged shooter and described him as armed and dangerous.

A second homicide, the city’s 22nd of the year, occurred at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday outside a McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Meadowlands Drive and Prince of Wales Drive.

In that case, police identified the victim of a fatal stabbing as 20-year-old Carleton University student Abdullah Al-Tutunji. Another man was in custody Sunday but no charges had been laid.

The city’s 22 homicides in 2016 represent a three-fold increase over 2015.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau tweeted: “Another two senseless deaths this weekend. . . Too many lives lost this year.”