Accused Eaton Centre shooter had weapons charges dropped weeks before shooting

Less than five weeks before Christopher Husbands allegedly opened fire in the Eaton Centre food court, killing two and injuring five, he was facing nine charges of possessing illegal weapons in a Hamilton courtroom, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The charges were withdrawn, and Husbands walked free.

As well as the nine weapon charges, Husbands was facing two counts of obstructing a police officer and five counts of breaching his bail conditions. In 2010, Husbands was found sleeping in a car with two powerful handguns hidden in the vents.

By the end of the hearing, the prosecutor withdrew all the weapons charges and proceeded on just five counts — two of obstructing a police officer, two of breaching a bail condition and a single count of possession of marijuana.

The prosecutor who withdrew the charges, Carey Lee, is under review by the Ministry of the Attorney General for a separate case, which involved withdrawing charges from a suspected sex offender, who later fled to Brazil.