HUNTER: cop killers at the bottom of society


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Cop killer.

Two words, three syllables in all, that speak volumes.

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What he is saying is that the person is beyond the beyond. If they don’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a cop, that doesn’t leave much wiggle room for the rest of us.

Sean Petrie, 40 for eternity, will forever be known as a cop killer. Nothing else.

According to the cops, Petrie shot the Toronto police officer. Andrew Hong, 48, at close range. In cold blood with a frozen heart at a Tim Hortons in Mississauga. In the middle of the day.

His bloodlust was not quenched for a second. By sunset, he had shot four others, including Milton mechanic Shakeel Ashraf, who died in his garage. Other injuries in his rampage were serious.

Convicted of the murder of Toronto police officer Bill Hancox, Rose Cece was granted day parole.
Convicted of the murder of Toronto police officer Bill Hancox, Rose Cece was granted day parole. Photo by photo provided /Toronto Sun

For Petrie, there will be no faint hope clause or day parole. A cop made sure of that when he shot the killer in the serene Hamilton cemetery.

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On Tuesday, a yellow band of police surrounded the historic cemetery which was still so placid and solemn, if you hadn’t noticed the two cruisers. The 176-year-old cemetery contains the graves of American Civil War veterans, city greats and good, and dozens more.

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And briefly, Sean Petrie.

Sources tell me Petrie is “very well known” to police in Toronto, Halton and Peel. What he was known for was extreme violence.

Then again, he’s a cop killer. There were no limits to his bloodlust.

const.  Leslie Maitland.  Killer sentenced to death.  TORONTO POLICE
const. Leslie Maitland. Killer sentenced to death. TORONTO POLICE

Petrie joined a very small club. Fortunately, murders of police officers are rare in this country.

But we remember their names. And we remember the names of their killers.

Clinton Junior Gayle, Craig Munro, Rene Vaillancourt, Elaine Cece, Barbara Taylor. Others, like Petriegot the big adios from the cops or from their own hands.

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Vaillancourt, 24, escaped from the noose of the hanged man for the murder, on February 1, 1973, of the Toronto police officer. Leslie Maitland. Of course, Canada abolished the death penalty and his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

In this March 1999 file photo, Ann Hancox holds up a photo of her slain son, Det-Const.  Bill Hancox.
In this March 1999 file photo, Ann Hancox holds up a photo of her slain son, Det-Const. Bill Hancox. Photo by Toronto Sun File Photo /Toronto Sun

Finally, he obtained a day parole, far from swinging at the end of a rope. He would live out his days, not Leslie Maitland.

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Others, like Clinton Gayle, were allowed out of his minimum-security B.C. prison on day passes. In 1994, Gayle was one of this country’s most notorious and reviled murderers.

He’s a cop killer.

And on June 17, 1994, his victim was Const. Todd Baylis, shot while chasing the crack dealer in a North York housing project. Gayle ridiculously claimed self-defense.

No one believed him. He will be sent back to his native Jamaica when he is finally released from prison.

Mary Taylor was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Det. Const.  bill hancox
Mary Taylor was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Det. Const. bill hancox Police picture /Toronto Sun

Crackheads Rose Cece and Barbara Taylor are still howling at the moon to get out of jail for the 1998 murder of Det. Const. Billy Hancox. No one wants to see them released.

They are cop killers.

We won’t have to worry about Sean’s fate. Petrie. Justice will not be able to shock and horrify us on this guy. He’s in the morgue waiting for an express train to hell.

And that’s exactly where it’s going.

He’s a cop killer.

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