The man who allegedly struck two soldiers with his car in Quebec and was killed after a police chase had become “radicalized” and was known to federal authorities, the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday.
The suspect has been identified as Martin Rouleau, and was using the name Ahmed Rouleau in online profiles.
Prime Minister Harper was briefed on the incident this afternoon by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson; Tom Lawson, the country’s top military commander; and national security adviser Stephen Rigby.
Earlier in the day, Quebec provincial police said the motorist died from gunshot wounds and that he had hit two members of the Canadian Forces with his car in an incident one MP cited in the Commons as a “possible terror attack.”
Police also say the 25-year-old in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, southeast of Montreal, was known to authorities.
One of the two people hit was listed in critical condition, while the other person’s injuries were described as less serious.