July 10, 2019 9:55 pm

Suspect charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with Toronto man’s death

Justin Kyle Ezeard is seen in an undated photo.

Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police say a 35-year-old suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a man in the city’s west end in May.

Police said emergency crews were called to a commercial unit on Millwick Drive, near Islington Avenue and Steeles Avenue West, before 9 a.m. on May 3 with reports of a shooting.

Thirty-two-year-old Justin Kyle Ezeard was found with “obvious signs of trauma” and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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In an update released Wednesday evening, police said Toronto resident Shawn Vassel was arrested earlier in the day.

He was charged with second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm with intent, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and two counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a probation order.

Vassel is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Thursday morning.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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