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Man shot by police in stolen hearse faces attempted murder charges

Credits: Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/ QMI Agency

CHRIS DOUCETTE | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO – A 24-year-old man who was shot by police officers in Oshawa during a reckless getaway effort in a hearse now faces a slew of charges.

And it turns out he's no stranger to the justice system.

Durham Regional Police say nearly two dozen charges have been laid against Shawn Jonathon Alves, including several counts of attempted murder for allegedly trying to run down officers as he burst out of a funeral home's garage in a stolen hearse on Boxing Day.

The same man was imprisoned for murdering a 15-year-old Oshawa boy six years ago.

Jerome Bennett, a ward of the Children's Aid Society since he was 11, was found stabbed to death in a parking lot near Simcoe St. S. and Gibb St. on Feb. 4, 2006.

Alves, then 18, was charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter that November and was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

He now faces 23 new charges, including three counts of attempted murder and one count each of break and enter with intent, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon.

The accused, who is recovering from gunshot wounds, remains in custody awaiting a court appearance, police said Friday.

Police say officers spotted the accused as he broke into the McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home on King St. E., west of Ritson Rd. S., around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The officers called for backup and the funeral home was soon surrounded.

An hour later, Alves allegedly hopped into a hearse parked in the funeral home's garage and started it up.

The funeral coach smashed through the garage door and sped out of a parking lot on the south side of the building.

Officers opened fire, piercing the windshield at least three times and wounding the driver.

The hearse headed out of the lot, mounted the curb on the north side of Bond St. E. and crashed into concrete pillars.

When the vehicle finally came to rest it was just steps from the Durham Region Courthouse, where Alves will soon appear for his bail hearing.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, which probes any serious injury or death involving police, is looking into the shooting.

The SIU continues to appeal for witnesses who have not yet been interviewed to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the lead SIU investigator at 416-622-1886 or 1-800-787-8529, ext. 1886.

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