3 shot, 1 fatally, in Wilmot Township robbery

A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder following a shooting Sunday night in Wilmot Township that left one man dead and two others injured in what is the first homicide of the year in Waterloo Region.
Waterloo Regional Police were investigating outside this home on Erbs Road in Wilmot Township on Monday afternoon. (Dan Sherman/CBC)

A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder following a shooting Sunday night in Wilmot Township that left one man dead and two others injured in what is the first homicide of the year in Waterloo Region. 

Crawford Lamka of Wilmot Township was charged Monday with second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Claude Ouellette, a 52-year-old Kitchener man, was charged with being an accessory after the fact in relation to the homicide, said Staff Sgt. Shaena Morris. Ouellette has also been charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun. 

Both appeared at a hearing in a Kitchener courtroom Monday afternoon. Details of the proceedings cannot be reported due to a publication ban.

The shooting was "not a random incident" and came after a robbery attempt at the home where Lamka was staying Sunday night, said Waterloo Regional Police. 

Police responded to reports of gunshots just after 9 p.m. on Sunday on Erb's Road West just west of Sandhills Road in Wilmot Township. 

When police arrived, they found Henry Jarsch, 41, dead outside the home. The body was transported to Hamilton for a post-mortem exam. 

Police say they believe Jarsch was one of a group of three men attempting to rob the house. 

"There were at least three suspects that were involved in the robbery. Two received gunshot wounds, a third, ... [who] we believe to be part of the robbery, is now deceased," said Morris.

The two other suspects are Denis Gagnon and Scott White, both 37, of Kitchener. Police apprehended the two at a Kitchener residence, and they have now been jointly charged with robbery with a firearm. 

Gagnon appeared in court Monday, shirtless, with a bandage wrapped around his right arm. White appeared via telephone from Grand River Hospital where he is expected to be released Monday evening. He will appear in court in person Tuesday morning.