A Message from Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin

Posted on Friday April 26, 2019

This year, particularly in the last two weeks, Waterloo Region has been impacted by a number of concerning, alarming, and violent crimes.

On April 17, 2019, 58-year-old Helen Schaller, was shot and killed in a parking lot near King Street East in Cambridge. This follows a homicide that occurred on January 31, 2019, when 56-year-old Kurt McKechnie was shot and killed in a residence on Southwood Drive in Cambridge. These are tragic incidents that continue to cause pain and suffering to families, friends, and the entire community.

Recently, during the early morning hours of April 19, 2019, officers responded to reports of multiple gunshots that were fired at a business in the area of King Street and University Avenue in Waterloo. Approximately 12 people were inside at the time. One male, from the Greater Toronto Area, was shot and taken to hospital. Two other females were taken to hospital with injuries sustained from falling down and from being hit with shattered glass.

In the early morning hours of April 20, 2019, officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of King Street North and Hickory Street in Waterloo. Two individuals were injured during a collision involving a police cruiser, which was responding to the emergency call.

Waterloo Region is the 10th largest community in Canada. It continues to be one of the safest communities in Ontario. The Waterloo Regional Police Service understands that these violent crimes have shaken our community. This type of violence is unacceptable and I want to reassure our citizens that your police Service is actively investigating these crimes and your public safety is a top priority.

Our members are committed to solving these crimes, locating those responsible, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent under the Criminal Code of Canada. A dedicated team of investigators from our Investigative Services Division, Operational Support Division, and Neighbourhood Policing are working around the clock to bring closure and peace to those impacted.

Community safety is a collective responsibility and we are grateful for the continued trust and support from those who continue to bring information forward. We understand some people may be reluctant to come forward or wish not to be identified, and we encourage them to call Crime Stoppers where information can be provided anonymously.

We must not become numb or normalize this level of violence in our community. Equally, we cannot allow these incidents to define us. We must continue to live our lives, support one another, participate in the community and rally together. This is our community – a vibrant, diverse, strong, and safe community that we are proud to call home.

As your Chief of Police, I assure you that all resources are being dedicated to these complex investigations. I would also be remiss if I did not recognize the talented, capable, and competent team of investigators and civilian professionals that have responded to these major events and who work diligently every day to provide public safety. I am very proud of the work done by all members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. As we continue to investigate these incidents, we remain committed to providing information to the community while maintaining investigative integrity.

Anyone who has information on criminal incidents is asked to call:

Waterloo Regional Police – 519-570-9777

Crime Stoppers – 1-800-222-8477

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