Update trial begins for 2 former Hamilton paramedics – Yosif Al-Hasnawi shot to death after trying to break up a fight in Hamilton

Hamilton police were called to the area of Main Street East and Wentworth Street South at approximately 9pm on December 2nd after receiving reports of a shooting.

Police said the victim, Yosif Al-Hasnawi 19, was attempting to help a man who was being accosted by 2 other men when he was shot.

Al-Hasnawi was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries. Al-Hasnawi was shot with a hollow-point bullet from a .22-caliber handgun.

Al-Hasnawi was shot while trying to help an older man who was being accosted by two other men.

Police are looking for 2 suspects. The first has been described as 20s, medium to darker complexion, a medium build and long black hair tied in a pony tail on top of his head. He was wearing a hood, jeans and a backpack. The second suspect was described as 20’s, light complection, bald shaved head, shorter and heavier than the first suspect. He was wearing a hood and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-546-4772

Update December 4th
James Anthony Robert Matheson, 20, was arrested on Monday December 4th, and charged with Accessory After the Fact of Murder.

Police are asking for help from the public in locating Dale Burningsky King, 19, pictured below. Burningsky King is wanted for second-degree murder. Anyone with information that could assist Police is asked to contact Detective Doug Jonovich at (905) 546-4863

Update: Dale King, was acquitted in Feb 2020 of second-degree murder in a decision now under appeal.

Update: Steven Snively, 55, and Christopher Marchant, 32, were found guilty in June by an Ontario Superior Court judge of failing to provide the necessaries of life to Al-Hasnawi.

Update December 7th
Hamilton Police Service and the OPP,  arrested Dale King on December 7th at approximately 4:30pm in Hagersville. A female was also arrested and is under investigation for accessory after the fact.

November 2019
Dale King, was acquitted last year of second-degree murder. According to CBCThe Crown is appealing the not-guilty verdict of a man who admitted he shot and killed Yosif Al-Hasnawi, but was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder”.

Update November 25th, 2020
Trial begins for two former Hamilton Paramedics, Steve Snively, 55, and Christopher Marchant, 32, who are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection to the shooting death of Al-Hasnawi.

More information available at CHCH


The 2017 Hamilton Homicide Victim list is available here.