Editor’s Note: This shocking story appeared in today’s edition of the Toronto Star.
MONTREAL–A 25-year-old Quebec man killed by police after striking two Canadian Forces personnel with his car was known to national anti-terrorism investigators as someone who had taken to radical Islam, the RCMP says.
The individual, who was shot dead following the incident in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was identified by friends as Martin Rouleau. They described him as a struggling entrepreneur and father of a young son who converted to Islam and began distancing himself from his large circle of friends south of Montreal.
For those friends who had tried to reason with him over the last year and a half, the last straw came this summer when they say Rouleau was stopped by border authorities trying to leave Canada to fight abroad with the Islamic State.
In the end, Rouleau waged his religious battle in the parking lot outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre, one of several offices run by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of Defence that serve as an outlet for injured veterans accessing support services from the federal government.