Heritage Front founder shot dead

Wolfgang Droege, a neo-Nazi who once tried to start a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Toronto, was shot to death Wednesday in the Scarborough apartment building where he lived. He was 55.

Wolfgang Droege, a neo-Nazi who once tried to start a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Toronto, was shot to death Wednesday in the Scarborough apartment building where he lived. He was 55.



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Droege was found suffering a gunshot wound in the second-floor hallway of the building at 2 North Dr., near Gerrard Street and Victoria Park Avenue, around 2:50 p.m.

He was declared dead at the scene.

After discovering Droege's body, police negotiated for an hour with a suspect who claimed to be holding a hostage in a second-floor apartment at the building.

When the suspect surrendered, police discovered that there was no hostage.

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

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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.

Following his release from prison, the U.S. deported him to Canada in April 1989.

In October of that year he set up the Heritage Front, a white supremacist group.