Almonte Councillor Bernard Cameron killed in triple shooting

The OPP this morning reported a shooting in a Mississippi Mills home that left one man dead and a woman and man seriously injured.

Mayor Shaun McLaughlin has just confirmed that the deceased man is Bernard Cameron, a Mississippi Mills councillor. Mr. McLaughlin sent the following note to the Millstone.

It is with profound sorrow and shock that I confirm that my colleague and friend, Councillor Bernard Cameron, died today in a violent incident, an incident that also gravely injured his daughter.

At this point, I leave the exact details to the police.

This tragedy hits us all. We still live in a small town. Bernard is part of our extended family.

For his immediate family, I know the sad events of today will bear down the hardest. I and Bernard’s other friends on Council, as well as Town staff, extend our prayers to them. We share their grief. We mourn the loss.

Bernard Cameron has been a popular figure in Almonte for decades. As a former high school teacher, he was known to generations of students. As a volunteer, he added value and experience to many community organizations. As a Councillor, he has supported his ward and his town through thoughtful discussion, keen insight and high ethical standards. He will be sorely missed.

At 12:27 pm today the Ottawa Citizen reported that “Cameron’s daughter Sarah Cameron, 28, is in hospital with life-threatening injuries, shot alongside her father. Also seriously wounded was her former common-law partner, who police believe is the suspected shooter.”

Police cordon off the area around the Cameron home at Malcolm and Strathburn streets in Almonte. (CBC)
Police cordon off the area around the Cameron home at Malcolm and Strathburn streets in Almonte. (CBC)