Video shows intense standoff between Toronto van driver and police

  • Video shows Alek Minassian, 25, in an intense standoff with a Toronto police officer on Monday afternoon
  • Minassian was filmed pointing an object at the officer after getting out of his van
  • Officer can be heard repeatedly shouting: 'Get down or you'll be shot'
  • Moments later the video shows the suspect lying face-down on the sidewalk as the police officer handcuffs him
  • Minassian is accused of driving onto a busy sidewalk and into pedestrians  
  • Police said 10 people were killed and another 15 injured in the incident 

By Emily Crane and Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:12 EDT, 23 April 2018 | Updated: 23:30 EDT, 23 April 2018

Footage has emerged showing an intense standoff between a Toronto police officer and the suspect behind the horror van rampage that left 10 dead and 15 injured.

The video shows the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, pointing an object at police on the street after getting out of a white van on Monday afternoon.

The officer can be heard repeatedly shouting: 'Get down or you'll be shot' as the suspect continued to wave around the object. 

Oblivious bystanders can be seen in the footage emerging from a building near Minassian before hurrying away as the standoff continued. 

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Footage has emerged showing an intense standoff between a Toronto police officer and the suspect behind the horror van rampage that left 10 dead and 15 injured on Monday
Footage has emerged showing an intense standoff between a Toronto police officer and the suspect behind the horror van rampage that left 10 dead and 15 injured on Monday

Footage has emerged showing an intense standoff between a Toronto police officer and the suspect behind the horror van rampage that left 10 dead and 15 injured on Monday

Moments later the footage, which was shot by a witness in a nearby car, shows the suspect lying face-down on the sidewalk as the police officer handcuffs him. 

Police have since confirmed that Minassian did not have a gun. It is not clear what he was pointing at the officer.  

His arrest came soon after he allegedly drove a rented van onto a crowded sidewalk on Yonge Street and started crashing into pedestrians.

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive. 

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, was arrested on Monday after allegedly killing 10 people and injuring 15 others in Toronto
Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, was arrested on Monday after allegedly killing 10 people and injuring 15 others in Toronto

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, was arrested on Monday after allegedly killing 10 people and injuring 15 others in Toronto

Speaking at a news conference Monday night, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders raised the initial death toll of nine to 10, saying another victim had died at a hospital. He said 15 others were hospitalized.

Police said the suspect had not been known to police previously. 

Asked if there was any evidence of a connection to international terrorism, the police chief said: 'Based on what we have there's nothing that has it to compromise the national security at this time.'

A senior national government official said earlier that authorities had not turned over the investigation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a sign that investigators believed it unlikely terrorism was the motive.

Authorities released few details in the case, saying the investigation was still underway, with witnesses being interviewed and surveillance video being examined. 

Minassian, who attended Seneca College, was described by former classmates as a socially awkward tech expert, the Globe and Mail reports. 

Others described him as having a social or mental disability.

One classmate said that when he knew Minassian he couldn't drive and didn't know how to work a steering wheel. 

The video shows the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, pointing an object at police on the street after getting out of a white van on Monday
The video shows the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, pointing an object at police on the street after getting out of a white van on Monday

The video shows the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, pointing an object at police on the street after getting out of a white van on Monday

Moments later the footage, which was shot by a witness in a nearby car, shows the suspect lying face-down on the sidewalk as the police officer handcuffs him
Moments later the footage, which was shot by a witness in a nearby car, shows the suspect lying face-down on the sidewalk as the police officer handcuffs him

Moments later the footage, which was shot by a witness in a nearby car, shows the suspect lying face-down on the sidewalk as the police officer handcuffs him

Police confirmed that 25-year-old Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill, was arrested over the attack on Monday afternoon
Police confirmed that 25-year-old Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill, was arrested over the attack on Monday afternoon

Police confirmed that 25-year-old Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill, was arrested over the attack on Monday afternoon

 His arrest came soon after Minassian allegedly drove a rented van onto a crowded sidewalk on Yonge Street and started crashing into pedestrians
 His arrest came soon after Minassian allegedly drove a rented van onto a crowded sidewalk on Yonge Street and started crashing into pedestrians

 His arrest came soon after Minassian allegedly drove a rented van onto a crowded sidewalk on Yonge Street and started crashing into pedestrians

The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the incident a 'horrific attack' and said the G7 foreign ministers extended their condolences.

The driver was heading south on busy Yonge Street around 1.30pm and the streets were crowded with people enjoying an unseasonably warm day when the van jumped onto the sidewalk.

Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, told Canadian broadcast outlet CP24 that the driver appeared to be moving deliberately through the crowd at more than 30 mph.

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive
Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive

A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs 
A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs 

A police officer stands next to a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs 

Firefighters stand near a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto
Firefighters stand near a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto

Firefighters stand near a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto

'He just went on the sidewalk,' a distraught Shaker said. 'He just started hitting everybody, man. He hit every single person on the sidewalk. Anybody in his way he would hit.'

Witness Peter Kang told CTV News that the driver did not seem to make any effort to stop.

'If it was an accident he would have stopped,' Kang said. 'But the person just went through the sidewalk. He could have stopped.' 

'This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody,' another witness at the scene said.

'He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.'

He added that many of the victims had been elderly while he saw a stroller fly into the air. 

People embrace as they lay candles and leave messages at a memorial for victims of Monday's crash
People embrace as they lay candles and leave messages at a memorial for victims of Monday's crash

People embrace as they lay candles and leave messages at a memorial for victims of Monday's crash

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