Po­lice in manhunt feared walk­ing into an am­bush

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Po­lice tes­ti­fy­ing at Basil Borut­ski’s trial said they were aware of the po­ten­tial for fur­ther vic­tims that day.

A num­ber of build­ings were locked down, in­clud­ing an Ot­tawa law of­fice, the Pem­broke court­house and the Stonecrest El­e­men­tary School ad­ja­cent to the Kin­burn field where Borut­ski was ar­rested.

Po­lice tes­ti­fied they were aware of Borut­ski’s anti-po­lice sen­ti­ment, and sev­eral of­fi­cers said there were fears they could have been walk­ing into an am­bush that day.

Borut­ski told the de­tec­tive the morn­ing af­ter the mur­ders he had calmed him­self by writ­ing in

a note­book that po­lice later re­cov­ered from the Kin­burn scene.

The note­book, along with many of Borut­ski’s writ­ings, was en­tered into ev­i­dence at his trial.

On one page, he wrote: “The guilty have paid. All ex­cept the fat man,” re­fer­ring to sawmill owner Kyle Ban­croft. “I tried.”

At­tempts to reach Ban­croft, who is in­car­cer­ated while await­ing trial, were un­suc­cess­ful. His fam­ily mem­bers did not re­turn mes­sages, and an Ot­tawa lawyer listed on court doc­u­ments as hav­ing re­cently rep­re­sented Ban­croft de­clined to take a phone call, say­ing Ban­croft was no longer a client.

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