The province’s SIU is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide as students and teachers at a Brampton elementary school mourn the loss of a popular principal killed in a weekend shooting.

Debra Allen, 52, was shot at her Georgetown home on Hillside Drive, in the Trafalgar Road and Princess Anne Drive area, around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) confirmed Monday.

Her husband Dave Allen, 65, was also found dead. His autopsy was conducted Sunday in Hamilton.

A 911 call saying a female had been shot brought Halton police to the house. The SIU said police surrounded the home and attempted to speak with Dave Allen. A short time later, the officers heard shots.

When they entered, both were found dead.
Peel District School Board Supt. Jeff DeFreitas confirmed Allen was the principal at Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School.

Teachers will be speaking to students about Allen’s death on Monday and members of the board’s Critical Incident Response Team will be on hand, DeFreitas wrote on the school’s website.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that our school principal, Debra Allen, died tragically on Saturday afternoon,” a statement on the school’s website reads.

“Her death is a loss to us all. She will be remembered as a very positive instructional leader. She worked tirelessly with students and their parents to help them achieve their potential and turn mistakes into positive learning situations.”

The SIU, which probes incidents involving police that result in injury, death or allegations of sexual assault, has assigned six investigators and two forensic investigators on the case.