Montreal

Suspect dies in Quebec gas station robbery

An attempted armed robbery at a convenience store in Saint-Eustache ended with the suspect dying in hospital on Sunday.
The incident happened at a gas station in Saint-Eustache, Que. early Sunday morning. (Pascal Robidas/Radio-Canada)

An attempted armed robbery at a convenience store in Saint-Eustache ended with the suspect dying in hospital on Sunday.

Daniel Samson, 28, was killed during the attempted robbery. Police say he was known to authorities.

Witnesses say the robbery took place at the Bonisoir gas station just before 5 a.m. at the corner of Léveillé and Arthur Sauvé Boulevards. 

La Sûreté du Québec said Saint-Eustache police were called to the scene and at least one shot was fired. Samson was seriously injured during the altercation.

SQ spokesperson Geneviève Bruneau said Samson was armed.

"The suspect was in possession of a handgun, which was recovered at the scene," said Bruneau.

Samson died in hospital midday Sunday, and an autopsy will be conducted on the body in the next few days.

Bruneau said the lone employee inside the store at the time of the robbery was not hurt.

Police are looking for a woman driving a blue car who may have witnessed the shooting.

The investigation has been turned over to the SQ.