As the RCMP gets set to update the public on the terror incident in Strathroy, we’re learning more about Aaron Driver – the man who was killed in a confrontation with police on Wednesday evening.
According to the CBC, Driver’s father worked in the military and the family moved around regularly, including a stop in London, where Driver is believed to have converted to Islam.
Driver spent much of his youth living with his father and his step mother – his mother died when he was seven.
The family also had stops in Alberta and Manitoba as they moved around the country. People who knew Driver when they lived in Winnipeg said they rarely saw him leave the house, but they didn’t believe he was a bad or dangerous person.
Last year, federal authorities kept Driver in custody on suspicion that he might have ties to a terrorist group. He was in and out of jail for months despite no charges ever being laid against him.
He was first arrested in Winnipeg last June. Reports at the time said he had posted messages on social media that praised terrorist activities, including the attack on Parliament Hill in October 2014 by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
Mounties applied for a peace bond that could impose limits on Driver’s activities, alleging in provincial court documents that investigators believed he might help with terrorist group activities.
When Driver was released later that month, he was ordered to comply with 18 different conditions, including wearing a GPS tracking device and being banned from using the internet or communicating with ISIL.
Later, the Crown announced some of his strict bail conditions had been lifted and he would not be going to trial.
He was eventually allowed to remove his monitoring bracelet and no longer was required to undergo religious counselling. However, the rules surrounding his computer or cell phone used were supposed to be in place until the end of this month.