What happened in McDonald’s when a Toronto security guard shot and killed two men

What happened in McDonald’s when a Toronto security guard shot and killed two men

Here's what really went down...

The detectives led Brenda Hind upstairs, into a little room at Toronto police headquarters. There was a table and chairs, some people from victim services, and a computer with a surveillance video on it from the morning her brother died.

They told Brenda that the clip was graphic. She could ask them to turn it off at any point.

“I wanted to see for myself what really happened,” she said. “I needed to know.”

It was summer, months after an off-duty security guard shot and killed her 39-year-old brother, Ryan Hind, and his friend Donny Ouimette, 25, inside an east-end McDonald’s, around 3 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2015.

In the silent, grainy video, Brenda saw the armed guard in the restaurant, on a break from his job with GardaWorld. He stood at the counter and looked at the menu. Her brother and Ouimette had stopped in at the restaurant after spending the night at several bars.

“Next you see (Ouimette),” Brenda said. “He came up pretty quickly and body checked the security guard. It was not a little push, it was a body check.”

Ouimette and the guard started struggling. A man ran up and grabbed the guard. She couldn’t make out his face.

“The way he walks and moves, I knew it was Ryan,” she said.
Another man joined Ouimette in beating the guard as Ryan held him by the throat. (Police have not said there was another man involved in the altercation.)

She said it wasn’t clear whether the guard spoke to Ouimette or her brother before the video started — however police have said the guard did “absolutely nothing to provoke” the men.

The guard fell to the ground and the beating continued.

“Kicking him, punching him, stomping on him,” Brenda said.

Then Ouimette moved out of the frame — apparently hit with a gunshot. The other man disappeared after him — leaving Ryan alone, standing over the guard as he tried to clamber up from the floor.

Ryan circled him, went to the counter … and looked up,” Brenda said. “All of a sudden, when the security guard was on all fours, (Ryan) attacked him.”

The two wrestled and “the next thing you see is Ryan roll off the security guard.” The video lasted roughly a minute and a half. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene, with gunshot wounds to his chest.

Everybody who knew Ryan knows that that was not the way he was,” Brenda said of her brother, a man who chased burglars from the bodega on their corner.

“He was the one, out of all of us, who was supposed to make it.”

In July, police said the guard wouldn’t be charged — sparking public concern and questions about what exactly happened that morning.

Now, almost a year after the killings, police remain tight-lipped — except to say that investigators and prosecutors didn’t lay charges because there was “no reasonable prospect of conviction.”

Brenda has reached out to Julian Falconer — the lawyer representing Sammy Yatim’s family after the Toronto teen was infamously shot and killed by police on a streetcar — looking for help. She wants to know why the guard was alone, why he was armed on his break, and if any extra training could have prevented the shooting.

“Ryan’s life had to mean something,” Brenda said. “Just letting it go — no accountability for anybody, no changes so this won’t happen to someone else — then he died for nothing.”

After she saw the tape, Brenda wrote a note to the security guard and asked the detectives to pass it along.

“He’s probably going through the same torture as I am, trying to deal with it,” Brenda told the Post. “They laid a beating on him. They shouldn’t have done that.”

“I wanted him to know that I don’t have any hatred for him. The hatred is not for him, it’s for the system.”

She said Ryan struggled with substance abuse and had repeatedly attempted suicide. The toxicology report showed traces of cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and anti-depressants in Ryan’s system at the time of his death.

“After seeing Donny get shot — I’m almost positive it was Ryan’s way to commit suicide,” she told the Post. “After he saw everything going down, it was like ‘Wow, this is my way out.'”

“He’s been fighting these demons … That’s what I want the security guard to know: He wasn’t trying to hurt you, he was trying to hurt himself.”

Amid public pressure for more details after the deaths, Police Chief Mark Saunders suggested a coroner’s inquest would be the best forum to release details.

Late last year, Toronto East regional coroner Jim Edwards declined Brenda’s request for an inquest.

“I do not wish to offend you in any way,” Edwards wrote in a letter to Brenda, dated Nov. 6. “However, I have personally viewed the surveillance recordings several times … and am very concerned that public disclosure of the behaviour exhibited by your brother and (Ouimette) would be prejudicial to both of their reputations.”

In the five-page letter, Edwards said he spoke with police officers and watched the surveillance tape “several times.” He gave a detailed summary of the video — saying the guard was “was punched, choked and stomped on, and his head was bounced off the floor.” The guard sustained a gunshot wound to the hand, and later told officers “he feared for his life,” the coroner wrote.

Police have not identified the guard. Requests for comment to his lawyer went unanswered.

The video shows three hands in the vicinity of the guard’s gun as he was being choked from behind by Mr. Hind,” Edwards wrote. “The guard then fell to the floor, and fatally shot the male who began the assault (Donny Ouimette).

“Mr. Hind then again attacked the guard from behind as the guard was standing up from the floor. Mr. Hind was shot as he and the guard grappled for control of the handgun.”

Edwards said he didn’t believe an inquest would ameliorate public concern, or produce any recommendations that would prevent a similar situation or change the way armed guards operate. Last month, Edwards told the Post he would reconsider his decision if he received another request — presumably from the other victim’s family.

Brenda isn’t satisfied.

“There has to be changes so this won’t happen again. Nobody else should have to go through this,” she said. “It needs to be finished. It’s not finished.”

Until then, she’s trying to organize a vigil on the beach to mark the anniversary of her brother’s death on Feb. 28. And she asked the McDonald’s on Danforth Avenue to plant clover in the garden — a quiet memorial to her brother, born on St. Patrick’s day.

The story that was spun by family when it happened.

The family of one of the two men who was fatally shot when a security guard discharged his weapon at an east-end Toronto McDonald’s says the victims were "play fighting" prior to the incident.
Ryan Hind, 39, and Donny Ouimette, 25, were shot over the weekend at the fast-food restaurant, located in the area of Coxwell and Danforth Avenues. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Det. Sgt. Terry Browne previously told reporters that the shooting occurred after an armed security guard became involved in a "fairly significant physical confrontation" with two other patrons at the restaurant at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday. Police have not identified the security guard.

According to Hind's niece, the two friends were "play fighting" prior to the shooting.
"From what we were told from (Ryan's) girlfriend … they were just horsing around, Donny and Ryan," Danielle Hind told CTV Toronto on Monday. "Like pushing and shoving each other; play fighting."
But what happens next is unclear.
Danielle Hind says her uncle’s girlfriend -- who was at the restaurant at the time of the shooting – told the family that the two men bumped into the security guard and he fell to the floor.
"They went to see if he was OK and I guess he got spooked and ended up shooting Donny. And then Ryan saw that Donny was shot and went to go wrestle the gun from the security guard and ended up getting shot himself."
Another family member told CTV Toronto a similar account. They say after the security guard was knocked down, the two men went to help him and that's when the scuffle apparently started. They add that after the security guard discharged his weapon, he ran to the washroom and locked the door until police arrived.
But according to Hind's sister, Brenda Hind, a "pushing-and-shoving fight" led to the first shot being fired.
"They bumped into the security guard and then the security guard and Donny started a pushing-and-shoving fight … Donny ended up pushing the security guard down on the ground and that’s what started the first shot."

Brenda Hind says her brother died in his girlfriend's arms.
"She held him," she said. "He died; she saw him take his last breath."
The incident was captured on a security surveillance camera. Police have previously said it's not immediately clear why the altercation started.
"From what I see on the video, it started very quickly and escalated from there," Brown said over the weekend. "There's no doubt that the security guard is the involved party for the discharging of the firearm. We're really trying to put the pieces together for how this all played out and where we go from here."
Prior to the shooting, Brenda Hind said her brother and his friend had been out drinking .
"They just got their cheques so they were out drinking and having fun," she said. "They didn't intend on hurting anybody."
Donny Ouimette leaves behind a three-year-old son.


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