An engaged couple in Stoney Creek, Ontario, tragically lost their lives when their landlord, a 57-year-old man, fatally shot them during a dispute. The victims, identified as Carissa MacDonald, 27, and Aaron Stone, 28, were renting part of the landlord’s home. The motive behind the dispute is believed to be related to mold in the house, according to CBC.
The incident escalated into a lengthy standoff between the landlord and the police. An exchange of gunfire occurred between the suspect and the responding officers. During negotiations, the suspect fired shots at the Hamilton Police armored vehicle and subsequently at the police, prompting them to return fire and ultimately fatally shoot the landlord.
Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath expressed her condolences to the victims’ families, describing the tragedy as senseless. Detective Sergeant Steve Bereziuk emphasized that MacDonald and Stone were innocent individuals, stating that they were not involved in any criminal activity or lifestyle that would lead to such an incident.
Carissa MacDonald worked as an education assistant for the Brant County Catholic school board, while Aaron Stone was an electrician, according to reports. The Catholic school board’s spokesperson extended their prayers and sympathies to MacDonald’s family and all those affected by the tragic event.
Police revealed that the couple, who were engaged to be married in August, lost their lives while attempting to flee the residence. The community mourns the loss of these hardworking individuals and the devastating circumstances surrounding their deaths.