The body Ottawa police found in the Rideau River last weekend was that of a suspect in a London homicide earlier this month, the province’s police watchdog confirmed Tuesday morning.
An arrest warrant had been issued in London a couple weeks ago, after 18 year old Jeremy Cook was shot and killed trying to get his cellphone back.
Muhab Sultany Sultan was wanted on charges of second degree murder.
According to Ottawa police, the man was allegedly driving a vehicle that tried to run down two bicycle patrol officers on Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop.
A police cruiser chased the man’s vehicle, but the driver was able to get away.
They say two suspects jumped out and ran away, with one going into the river in an alleged escape attempt.
Cook was led to the area by tracking software he was using to locate his lost cellphone, which he had left in a taxi.
Several hours later police say they were called to the river’s edge, where the same man was trying to swim across and police entered the water, but were unable to reach the suspect before he went under.
Police have said that Cook was confronted by three men in a vehicle when he arrived at the address. Shots were fired and Cook died from multiple gun wounds, police say.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.