Footage from yesterday showed just how calm Lam was during the high-stress moment when the suspect - now identified as Alek Minassian - appeared to be pointing something at him.
This is the video captured of @TorontoPolice arresting the suspect in the van attack in #Toronto. The restraint showed by the officer is drawing wide praise https://t.co/RPx3JXdN1T pic.twitter.com/du68Huzavu— blogTO (@blogTO) April 24, 2018
Minassian was heard yelling "I have a gun in my pocket!" and was seen pointing something, what is now being identified as a cell phone, at Lam during the standoff.
Lam responded by approaching Minassian, who turned around, lifted his arms and allowed Lam to arrest him.
👮♀️ Constable Ken Lam God Bless you and Keep you and your fellow officers from the Toronto Police Force. Yesterday’s hero of an incredibly tragic and senseless act. #TorontoStrong— X-Joe Bowen (@BonsieTweets) April 24, 2018
People from all over are hailing Lam as a hero and thanking him for his successful diffusion of the situation.
Thank you to @TorontoPolice Constable Ken Lam for your amazing work. You showed great restraint when yourself could have been in great danger. You are a shining example of heroic police work. Well done.— Jim Jackson (@actionjax25) April 24, 2018
Not long after the incident took place, praise for the many first responders on the scene flooded social media.
Dear @TorontoPolice Constable Ken Lam, thank you for your actions yesterday. You have more courage than most people I know. You should be teaching this technique to the other cops across the country, especially in Newfoundland. I'd say your promotion is imminent. 👍🏻— Patty O'Limerick (@PattyOLimerick) April 24, 2018
Lam stood out for apprehending the suspect and ending the ordeal in a calm and non-violent manner.
Do we give medals out to the police here? Because if we don't we need to.. Police Constable Ken Lam confronted, apprehended & arrested the van driver who injured & killed so many in Toronto yesterday. Bravo! "Just doing his job" with no shots fired. #TorontoStrong 🥇🚓🇨🇦— JudyP (@judydp) April 24, 2018
by Lisa Power via blogTO