Ancaster home invasion kills dad, sends son to hospital

News Dec 23, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The two men being sought by homicide detectives in a deadly home invasion had their faces covered and were wearing dark clothing during the attack.

Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson, the case manager, says one of the suspects may have an injury to his face.

Anderson has now also officially identified the murder victim as Carman Ward, 60.

Known as Bud, he was shot in the chest at his Miller Drive home in Ancaster Monday night. A longtime neighbour, who has known Bud and his sons Joshua and Brandon since they moved in 20 years ago, confirmed the death. The neighbour also said Brandon suffered cuts to his head during the attack. Police say who was treated for injuries at hospital and released.

The Ward house is known to police, says a police source not authorized to speak on the record. The same source confirmed Bud was killed by gunfire.

"I am tired and upset of course," the neighbour said quietly as homicide detectives, ACTION Team officers, forensic experts and the Emergency Response Unit gathered amid long lengths of yellow police tape criss-crossing the neighbourhood.

The neighbour, who has lived on the street for 40 years, asked not to be identified, noting police have not yet made any arrests.

Bud worked at the Chrysler plant in Brampton, according to the neighbour. Brandon is 22 and Joshua is about 25, he said. Bud and his wife, Diane, split a number of years ago and she moved out of the family home.

The neighbour said Diane arrived at the scene in the early morning hours, very distraught. She was seen with her sons.

Both boys went to Ancaster High School.

Joshua won two Martial Arts World Cup championships by the time he was 10. He claimed the gold medals at a competition in the Dominican Republic, winning in the age 9-10 category in advanced kata and weapons. He also won a bronze in sparring.

Carman had a black belt in jiu jitsu.

In an interview with The Spec after his World Cup wins, Joshua said he was inspired by his father to learn martial arts.

"I thought it would be fun to get a black belt in something too," he said.

Police have not officially said why the tidy little red bungalow on the quiet cul-de-sac was targeted. Anderson of the homicide unit has said only that it was not a random attack.

At about 10:45 p.m. Monday, police and EMS were called to the Miller Drive home near Garden Avenue in Ancaster for a "possible" home invasion. The garbage and blue bins was already out at the curb for the morning pickup. Bud was found inside the home without vital signs. A post-mortem exam was to be done Wednesday.

The neighbour said he and his wife did not hear any sirens. It was the flashing lights of emergency vehicles that woke them.

"It seemed like it was July 4th out there with all the commotion," he said.

Other neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Clark Wood, who has lived in the neighbourhood for decades, said he was awakened at about 11 p.m. by lights from emergency vehicles arriving on the street. He said he did not hear any gunshots.

"All of a sudden the lights all appeared," he said.

He wasn't rattled that there was a deadly incident in the neighbourhood, saying they can happen anywhere. Still, he said it was a "quiet" neighbourhood.

"We've never had any problems around here," said Wood.

Another home nearby appears to have security cameras. The homicide unit has asked anyone in the area with "video surveillance footage" to contact police.

By mid-afternoon, detectives had a search warrant and entered the Ward home. Forensics officers were taking pictures around the neighbourhood. The ERU searched the roof of the former Maple Lane Public School across the street. It closed to students in 2005. ACTION team members canvassed neighbours for anyone who heard or saw anything related to the home invasion.

A constant flow of curious onlookers drove by the scene.

Jack Harper grew up with both Joshua and Brandon and says he was often a guest in their home.

He heard about the murder of "Mr. Ward" early Tuesday morning and "was blown right out of the water."

"There's nothing they wouldn't do for you," he said of the three Ward men.

Joshua was seriously injured in a car accident a while ago, he said, and was unable to work. Brandon was doing minor home repairs.

He last saw them in the summer. The father and sons had just finished landscaping their backyard and he joined them for dinner.

"Mr. Ward was very welcoming."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Susan Clairmont's commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

— With files from Matt Van Dongen and Nicole O’Reilly

Ancaster home invasion kills dad, sends son to hospital

News Dec 23, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The two men being sought by homicide detectives in a deadly home invasion had their faces covered and were wearing dark clothing during the attack.

Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson, the case manager, says one of the suspects may have an injury to his face.

Anderson has now also officially identified the murder victim as Carman Ward, 60.

Known as Bud, he was shot in the chest at his Miller Drive home in Ancaster Monday night. A longtime neighbour, who has known Bud and his sons Joshua and Brandon since they moved in 20 years ago, confirmed the death. The neighbour also said Brandon suffered cuts to his head during the attack. Police say who was treated for injuries at hospital and released.

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The Ward house is known to police, says a police source not authorized to speak on the record. The same source confirmed Bud was killed by gunfire.

"I am tired and upset of course," the neighbour said quietly as homicide detectives, ACTION Team officers, forensic experts and the Emergency Response Unit gathered amid long lengths of yellow police tape criss-crossing the neighbourhood.

The neighbour, who has lived on the street for 40 years, asked not to be identified, noting police have not yet made any arrests.

Bud worked at the Chrysler plant in Brampton, according to the neighbour. Brandon is 22 and Joshua is about 25, he said. Bud and his wife, Diane, split a number of years ago and she moved out of the family home.

The neighbour said Diane arrived at the scene in the early morning hours, very distraught. She was seen with her sons.

Both boys went to Ancaster High School.

Joshua won two Martial Arts World Cup championships by the time he was 10. He claimed the gold medals at a competition in the Dominican Republic, winning in the age 9-10 category in advanced kata and weapons. He also won a bronze in sparring.

Carman had a black belt in jiu jitsu.

In an interview with The Spec after his World Cup wins, Joshua said he was inspired by his father to learn martial arts.

"I thought it would be fun to get a black belt in something too," he said.

Police have not officially said why the tidy little red bungalow on the quiet cul-de-sac was targeted. Anderson of the homicide unit has said only that it was not a random attack.

At about 10:45 p.m. Monday, police and EMS were called to the Miller Drive home near Garden Avenue in Ancaster for a "possible" home invasion. The garbage and blue bins was already out at the curb for the morning pickup. Bud was found inside the home without vital signs. A post-mortem exam was to be done Wednesday.

The neighbour said he and his wife did not hear any sirens. It was the flashing lights of emergency vehicles that woke them.

"It seemed like it was July 4th out there with all the commotion," he said.

Other neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Clark Wood, who has lived in the neighbourhood for decades, said he was awakened at about 11 p.m. by lights from emergency vehicles arriving on the street. He said he did not hear any gunshots.

"All of a sudden the lights all appeared," he said.

He wasn't rattled that there was a deadly incident in the neighbourhood, saying they can happen anywhere. Still, he said it was a "quiet" neighbourhood.

"We've never had any problems around here," said Wood.

Another home nearby appears to have security cameras. The homicide unit has asked anyone in the area with "video surveillance footage" to contact police.

By mid-afternoon, detectives had a search warrant and entered the Ward home. Forensics officers were taking pictures around the neighbourhood. The ERU searched the roof of the former Maple Lane Public School across the street. It closed to students in 2005. ACTION team members canvassed neighbours for anyone who heard or saw anything related to the home invasion.

A constant flow of curious onlookers drove by the scene.

Jack Harper grew up with both Joshua and Brandon and says he was often a guest in their home.

He heard about the murder of "Mr. Ward" early Tuesday morning and "was blown right out of the water."

"There's nothing they wouldn't do for you," he said of the three Ward men.

Joshua was seriously injured in a car accident a while ago, he said, and was unable to work. Brandon was doing minor home repairs.

He last saw them in the summer. The father and sons had just finished landscaping their backyard and he joined them for dinner.

"Mr. Ward was very welcoming."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Susan Clairmont's commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

— With files from Matt Van Dongen and Nicole O’Reilly

Ancaster home invasion kills dad, sends son to hospital

News Dec 23, 2015 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

The two men being sought by homicide detectives in a deadly home invasion had their faces covered and were wearing dark clothing during the attack.

Det. Sgt. Bill Anderson, the case manager, says one of the suspects may have an injury to his face.

Anderson has now also officially identified the murder victim as Carman Ward, 60.

Known as Bud, he was shot in the chest at his Miller Drive home in Ancaster Monday night. A longtime neighbour, who has known Bud and his sons Joshua and Brandon since they moved in 20 years ago, confirmed the death. The neighbour also said Brandon suffered cuts to his head during the attack. Police say who was treated for injuries at hospital and released.

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The Ward house is known to police, says a police source not authorized to speak on the record. The same source confirmed Bud was killed by gunfire.

"I am tired and upset of course," the neighbour said quietly as homicide detectives, ACTION Team officers, forensic experts and the Emergency Response Unit gathered amid long lengths of yellow police tape criss-crossing the neighbourhood.

The neighbour, who has lived on the street for 40 years, asked not to be identified, noting police have not yet made any arrests.

Bud worked at the Chrysler plant in Brampton, according to the neighbour. Brandon is 22 and Joshua is about 25, he said. Bud and his wife, Diane, split a number of years ago and she moved out of the family home.

The neighbour said Diane arrived at the scene in the early morning hours, very distraught. She was seen with her sons.

Both boys went to Ancaster High School.

Joshua won two Martial Arts World Cup championships by the time he was 10. He claimed the gold medals at a competition in the Dominican Republic, winning in the age 9-10 category in advanced kata and weapons. He also won a bronze in sparring.

Carman had a black belt in jiu jitsu.

In an interview with The Spec after his World Cup wins, Joshua said he was inspired by his father to learn martial arts.

"I thought it would be fun to get a black belt in something too," he said.

Police have not officially said why the tidy little red bungalow on the quiet cul-de-sac was targeted. Anderson of the homicide unit has said only that it was not a random attack.

At about 10:45 p.m. Monday, police and EMS were called to the Miller Drive home near Garden Avenue in Ancaster for a "possible" home invasion. The garbage and blue bins was already out at the curb for the morning pickup. Bud was found inside the home without vital signs. A post-mortem exam was to be done Wednesday.

The neighbour said he and his wife did not hear any sirens. It was the flashing lights of emergency vehicles that woke them.

"It seemed like it was July 4th out there with all the commotion," he said.

Other neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Clark Wood, who has lived in the neighbourhood for decades, said he was awakened at about 11 p.m. by lights from emergency vehicles arriving on the street. He said he did not hear any gunshots.

"All of a sudden the lights all appeared," he said.

He wasn't rattled that there was a deadly incident in the neighbourhood, saying they can happen anywhere. Still, he said it was a "quiet" neighbourhood.

"We've never had any problems around here," said Wood.

Another home nearby appears to have security cameras. The homicide unit has asked anyone in the area with "video surveillance footage" to contact police.

By mid-afternoon, detectives had a search warrant and entered the Ward home. Forensics officers were taking pictures around the neighbourhood. The ERU searched the roof of the former Maple Lane Public School across the street. It closed to students in 2005. ACTION team members canvassed neighbours for anyone who heard or saw anything related to the home invasion.

A constant flow of curious onlookers drove by the scene.

Jack Harper grew up with both Joshua and Brandon and says he was often a guest in their home.

He heard about the murder of "Mr. Ward" early Tuesday morning and "was blown right out of the water."

"There's nothing they wouldn't do for you," he said of the three Ward men.

Joshua was seriously injured in a car accident a while ago, he said, and was unable to work. Brandon was doing minor home repairs.

He last saw them in the summer. The father and sons had just finished landscaping their backyard and he joined them for dinner.

"Mr. Ward was very welcoming."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Catherine Lockley at 905-546-3825 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Susan Clairmont's commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

— With files from Matt Van Dongen and Nicole O’Reilly