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07/23/2010

Tense hostage stand-off ends peacefully

Reports came into the newsroom around 4:30 pm of a possible hostage situation on the Queensway.  Star staff photographer Rene Johnston was nearby, and we dispatched him to the scene.  A man with a gun had taken the manager of a local Swiss Chalet restaurant hostage.  Rene arrived, got positioned, and waited, along with the ETF (Emergency Task Force) and curious bystanders.    By 6 pm it seemed the drama was going to drag on, so I made a decision to send another photographer, Steve Russell.  It meant cancelling 2 other local assignments, but I felt it would be worth having the extra photographer on scene for the developing story.  In this case, the extra shooter really helped cover the story.  Both Steve and Rene photographed the scene from different vantage points.  Thankfully, the tense drama ended peacefully.

-Mike Kelly, Picture Editor

Hostage001A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

Hostage002 A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/RENE JOHNSTON

Hostage003 Toronto Police ETF enter rear doors where a man had a lengthy standoff at a Kipling Swiss Chalet. The man came into the eatery with a gun. Police and ETF responded and safely dealt with the situation. TORONTO STAR/RENE JOHNSTON

Hostage004 Toronto Police guard the roof top as a man had a lengthy standoff at a Kipling Swiss Chalet. The man came into the eatery with a lo. Police and ETF responded and safely dealt with the situation. TORONTO STAR/RENE JOHNSTON

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Toronto Police take a man into custody after a lengthy standoff at a Kipling Swiss Chalet. The man came into the eatery with a loaded rifle. Police and ETF responded and safely dealt with the situation. TORONTO STAR/RENE JOHNSTON

Hostage006 Staff and customers at the RBC near the scene are trapped as they wait for the situation to resolve itself.  A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

Hostage007 A man drops his gloves after allegedly entering the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway with a loaded long gun is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

Hostage010Toronto Police take a man into custody after a lengthy standoff at a Kipling Swiss Chalet. The man came into the eatery with a GUN. Police and ETF responded and safely dealt with the situation. TORONTO STAR/RENE JOHNSTON

Hostage009

A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway with a loaded long gun is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

Hostage008 A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway with a loaded long gun is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

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A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway with a loaded long gun is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

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The hostage, unidentified at press time, is taken out of the Swiss Chalet after A man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway with a loaded long gun was taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto. TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

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Toronto Star photographer Rene Johnston takes cover as the Emergency Task Force moves in on a man who allegedly entered the Swiss Chalet at Kipling and the Queensway is taken into custody by the Emergency Task Force in Toronto  TORONTO STAR/STEVE RUSSELL

 

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Love all the photo taken and the blog, straight on the point.

amazing coverage of the events.

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