Canadian terror suspect, Aaron Driver, was killed Wednesday evening after a confrontation with police in in the southern Ontario town of Strathroy.
The 24-year-old has been under a peace bond for openly supporting ISIS on social media. He first came onto the radar of authorities more than a year and a half ago.
Here is a timeline of key events leading up to his death.
December 2014 – Driver catches the attention of security agencies after a public complaint about his social media account, which shows support for the militant group ISIS. He tweets under the alias Harun Abdurahman and RCMP start an investigation called ‘Project Sumo’.
Feb. 20 2015 – The Toronto Star release an article about Driver, who uses the alias Harun Abdurahman. During the interview he appears to justify the attack on Parliament Hill in October 2014 by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. He also identifies an interest in travelling abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State.
March 5, 2015 – Driver writes on his Twitter account, “I may be in some very big trouble.” The following day he tweets “Please delete all local conversations with me.”
April 2015 – RCMP say Driver is in contact with a United Kingdom youth who was later arrested for his role in an Islamic inspired terror plot started in Australia. Five individuals were arrested subsequent to this.
May 2015 – RCMP say Driver is communicating in a group chat with well known members of ISIS. RCMP also say Driver is associated with Elton Simpson, a man involved in an attempted terror attack in Texas in 2015. RCMP say Simpson sent Driver a message on Twitter hours before the attack.
June 4, 2015 – Members of the RCMP national security section arrest Driver at a home in Winnipeg. His residence is searched and officers find a recipe to make homemade explosives on his computer.
June 13, 2015 – Driver is released on bail under 25 strict conditions, which include wearing a GPS monitoring device and staying off the Internet. A woman who lives in the same house as Driver puts up a $1,500 surety. He is required to live in her Winnipeg house under strict conditions as part of his bail.
June 26, 2015 – Driver is re-arrested at his home after the woman who helped bail him out withdraws her support.
June 30, 2016 – Driver is released on bail again. His lawyer, Len Tailleur and the Crown attorney prosecutor agree to his release by dropping some conditions, including his surety and curfew. He now has 19 conditions instead of 25.
July 2015 – Driver moves to his sister’s house in Strathroy, Ont.
Nov. 24, 2015 – Driver’s lawyer argues his bail conditions are unconstitutional. He says Driver threat was only voicing his political opinions.
Feb. 2, 2016 – Driver agrees to a peace bond. He has to abide by a number of conditions laid out, such as not using a computer, cellphone or social media. He no longer has to wear an ankle locator device as part of the agreement.
Aug. 10 – Driver is killed in a confrontation with police in Strathroy, Ont.