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OPP issue Canada-wide arrest warrant for Orillia murder suspect

New tip line set up in the case
Brian Quesnel, 28, of The Nation is wanted on a charge of first degree murder. OPP photo



On Sunday, June 04, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m., the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) and the Orillia Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting at a Franklin Street residence in the City of Orillia.

The victim later identified as, 34-year-old, Joseph Simonds of Orillia was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

An investigation was commenced by the Orillia OPP Crime Unit, Central Region Regional Support Team (RST) and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffey and Detective Staff Sergeant Paulb Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The OPP previously arrested and charged Sonny Brokenshire, 20 years old of Orillia, and Martin Forget, 41 years old of St. Barbe, Que., with first degree murder. Brokenshire and Forget appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie and were remanded into custody.

A Canada Wide Arrest Warrant for first degree murder has been issued for Brian Quesnel, 28 years old of The Nation, Ont. Anyone with information pertaining to Quesnel's location should not approach this person and contact police as soon as possible by calling a newly established tip-line 1-844-677-5020.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00