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29 Year Old Male Nabbed At Traffic Stop - Charged With 1st Degree Murder
Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police Homicide Investigators have charged 29 year old Kitchener resident, Eric Amaral with 1st degree murder in the death of Michael Gibbon. He will be making a court appearance this afternoon to face the charge.
Michael Gibbon was found at the corner of Margaret Avenue and Hartwood Avenue, in the city of Kitchener on October 5, 2015. He succumbed to his injuries later in hospital.
Amaral was facing several other charges as a result of a traffic stop on October 13, 2015, where a Waterloo Regional Police officer was shot with a pellet gun.
He already faced 17 charges – mainly weapons and probation offences, but also assault on a peace officer with a weapon – after allegedly shooting a WRPS officer last week, following a traffic stop on Ottawa Street South.
One of those charges relates to possession of a prohibited crossbow.
Family members have described Gibbon as a kind, intelligent man who worked nights at an insurance company and regularly walked around his neighbourhood.
Police say they’re still appealing to the public for information relating to Gibbon’s death.
Amaral’s next court date was set for Nov. 3.
Investigators continue to investigate the death and continue to appeal to the public for any information that may assist in the investigation, and ask them to call Waterloo Regional Police at 519-653-7700 ext. 8666 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Eric Amaral Holding Assault Weapon on his Facebook Page
Michael Gibbon: Family described as a kind, intelligent man (family photo)