‘Ottawa’ Convicted Killer in Custody After Vanier Weapon Complaint
A wanted man and convicted killer was arrested in Vanier on Thursday after police once again responded to a weapon call involving the suspect.
Matthew Land, 34, was taken into custody from an apartment on McArthur Avenue where police responded to a report that someone was carrying a weapon.
Police were called to the apartment after a man, believed to be Land, was seen with what witnesses reported as a shotgun and a handgun.
A woman was also taken into custody “pending investigation.”
In December, police laid multiple charges against Land, alleging he wielded a shotgun in a string of bloody assaults across the city.
Central district investigators said Land was their suspect in two assaults on Dec. 20 on Desrosiers Street in Vanier. The assaults ended up on police radar after a man with a bloodied head walked into a local Tim Hortons.
Land was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of possessing a dangerous weapon, one count of using a firearm while committing an indictable offence and two counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited from doing so.
Land is also wanted in back-to-back incidents that occurred days later on Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve. Patrol officers found a man in his late 20s suffering from injuries caused by a blunt object near the Montfort Hospital. Police believe Land attacked the man. The next day, back on Desrosiers Street, police also believe Land assaulted a woman.
Police did not announce any charges in the two recent assault causes but said Land continued to be wanted in all three cases.
Land is well-known in the Vanier area and to Ottawa police.
In April 2000, Land, then 17, was arrested after a knife fight with 19-year-old Mario Garcia. Garcia was killed by his own knife. The fight, between two groups of teens, began when Garcia’s group took issue with red bandanas Land and his friend were wearing.
What was first a fistfight escalated when Garcia pulled out a knife and attempted to stab Land. Land took the knife away and stabbed Garcia in the base of his heart.
Land, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Police have not yet announced any charges in Thursday’s weapon call.
— With files from Tom Spears