Manslaughter charges dropped against man who was zip-tied and held at gunpoint in own home

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The Crown has withdrawn manslaughter charges against a 59-year-old man from Collingwood, Ont., who shot and killed two masked men who zip-tied and held him at gunpoint in a chaotic home invasion. “It was terrifying,” Cameron Gardiner said, speaking publicly for the first time since the event. The details of the case had previously been under a publication ban. It was the early-morning hours of Jan. 22, 2019, and Gardiner and his girlfriend were watching a movie in their townhouse in Collingwood, about 150 kilometres north of Toronto. “And next thing I know, the door gets kicked in,” Gardiner said in an interview with CBC News. Three masked men forced their way into his home. One was wearing a clown mask; the other a balaclava; and the third had a scarf pulled up to his eyes. One of the men was armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

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