Police search continues in alleged kidnapping of woman from home in Brampton, Ont.


BRAMPTON, Ont. — The hunt is continuing for a 23-year-old woman and the man police allege kidnapped her early Sunday morning from a home west of Toronto.

Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, said two Peel Regional Police officers opened fire as the suspect sped away from a Brampton Ont., residence with the alleged kidnap victim in the back seat of his vehicle.

Officers had been called to the home at around 3 a.m. to investigate reports of a man banging on the front door and screaming for a person inside to come out.

Peel Regional Police Supt. Sean Gormley said the suspected kidnapper, 21-year-old Kwami Garwood, is considered armed and dangerous — and is also wanted for first-degree murder in a slaying in Toronto last summer.

Police identified the alleged kidnap victim as Salina Ouk and said the black Honda Civic that she and Garwood had been in was later found abandoned.

Gormley told reporters Sunday afternoon that police have “great concern” for Ouk’s “safety and well-being.”

It isn’t known if the suspect was hit by gunshots, the SIU said.

The agency said it invoked its mandate to investigate because officers fired their guns.

Peel Regional Police spokeswoman Const. Heather Cannon said the officers involved were not physically hurt.

“At this time we are not aware of any injuries to either the suspect or victim,” Cannon said.