Man charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting death of his Roxboro landlord

Michael David Burns, 33, was arrested Saturday after being questioned by police about the death of Constantinos Tounta​s, 45, whose body was found in the basement of his apartment building on 1st Avenue.

Michael David Burns, 33, arrested Saturday soon after being questioned in death of Constantinos Tounta​s, 45

The body of Constantinos Tountas was found Saturday in the basement of an apartment building he owned in Roxboro. Tountas, an avid boxer, would have turned 46 the next day. (Constantinos Tountas/Facebook)

A 33-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in the basement of an apartment building the dead man owned in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. 

The body of Constantinos Tounta​s, 45, was discovered Saturday morning in the building at 63 1st Avenue, near Gouin Boulevard. 

Montreal police said the victim had gunshot wounds to his upper body and was declared dead at the scene.

Donald Ouimet knew Tountas for about eight years. Ouimet, who works at Complexe Le Pheonix gym in Laval, was his boxing instructor and sparring partner.

"He was a very good guy. A warrior in the ring, but outside the ring he was a very [classy] guy," Ouimet told CBC. "He helped the young people for competitions, because he had boxer experience.… He helped a lot of people here."

Ouimet said people at the gym were texting Tountas on his birthday, which was Sunday.

"The people here sent him, by phone, 'Happy birthday, Happy birthday,'" said Ouimet. He said no one knew he was dead.
Police cordoned off the apartment building where Constantinos Tounta​s was found shot dead on May 26. One of his tenants, Michael David Burns, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death. (Dave St-Amand/Radio-Canada)

On Saturday, the SPVM's major crimes unit investigators interviewed Michael David Burns, a tenant in the building, calling him at that time "an important witness."

He was arrested soon after being questioned.

Montreal police say Tountas's death is the city's 11th homicide of the year.

With files from CBC reporter Matt D'Amours