UPDATE – THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ORILLIA HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
(ORILLIA, ON) – On Sunday June 4, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) and the Orillia Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting at a Franklin Street residence in the City of Orillia.
The victim, 34-year old Joseph SIMONDS of Orillia was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
An investigation was commenced by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Regional Support Team (RST) and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffay and Detective Staff Sergeant Paul Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).
On June 8, 2017, the OPP arrested and charged Sonny BROKENSHIRE, 20 years-old, of Orillia and Martin FORGET, 41 years-old, of St. Barbe Quebec with First Degree Murder. BROKENSHIRE and FORGET appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie and were remanded into custody.
An Arrest Warrant for First Degree Murder was issued for Brian QUESNEL, 28 years-old of The Nation, Ontario.
On June 15, 2017, with the assistance of OPP East Region Regional Support Team (RST); Quebec Provincial Police Homicide Unit, Tactical Unit, K9 Unit, and Physical Surveillance Unit; QUESNEL was located in St. Barbe, Quebec where on June 16, 2017, he was arrested without incident. He will be returned to Ontario to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie. The investigation is continuing and additional information will be released only as it becomes available.