Heritage Front founder Droege shot dead

Heritage Front founder Wolfgang Droege reportedly shot dead in suburban Toronto apartment

A white supremacist who once led the neo-Nazi Heritage Front has reportedly been shot dead in a suburban Toronto apartment.

Reports say Wolfgang Droege was found dead after police responded to complaints of gunshots at a Scarborough apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

When they arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds in the hall of the building and a suspect barricaded inside an apartment.

Police negotiated with the man for an hour before arresting him.

They say no hostages were involved in the standoff but a school nearby was locked down for safety during the standoff.

Police gave no information about the victim or the shooter or the relationship between them.

Born in Germany

Droege, 55, was born in Germany and moved to Canada in the early 1970s.

He joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1976 and tried to start a branch of the group in Toronto.

In 1981, he helped organize a failed attempt to invade the Caribbean country of Dominica and overthrow its government. He was given a three-year prison sentence.

Droege was arrested in Alabama in 1985 and charged with cocaine possession and a weapons offence. The U.S. deported him to Canada in April 1989 after he served a U.S. prison sentence for those charges.

In October of that year he set up the now-defunct Heritage Front.