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Updated: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:18:39 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Man charged in west Toronto triple homicide



Man charged in west Toronto triple homicide

A 22-year-old man is facing three counts of second-degree murder after three members of his family were found dead in a west-Toronto townhouse Monday evening.

Police says the victims — two women and one man — are between the ages of 49 and 76. The names of the deceased and the cause of death has not been released by police.

The man charged will appear in court later today.

Police were dispatched to a townhouse complex at 65 Old Burnhamthorpe Rd., near Mill Road and Burnhamthorpe Road, just before 7 p.m. Monday after receiving a 911 call.

Toronto police Insp. Tim Crone said a family member arrived home and discovered the three victims.

The initial investigation led police to identify a suspect and locate him in a nearby ravine in the area.

"There was a brief standoff with the suspect — he was armed (with a knife)," said Crone, noting that "tensions were high."

"Officers did a very good job calming the situation, calming the individual, and got him to come into custody without incident," he said.

Police said they haven't confirmed the identification of the three victims and aren't able to comment on any relationship the deceased may have to one another.

"It's still very early in the investigation," said Crone. "Homicide has taken over as the lead investigators for the scene."

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