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Ottawa Officer Killed in Stabbing Outside Hospital

Ottawa Officer Killed in Stabbing Outside Hospital

The Canadian Press via YellowBrix

December 29, 2009

Update: The slain officer has been identified as Constable Eric Czapnik, 51.

OTTAWA — A former Mountie with a troubled past is in custody after an Ottawa police officer was ambushed and stabbed to death outside a hospital in the cold, dark hours of Tuesday morning.

A lawyer for Kevin Gregson, 43, says his client is expected to appear in an Ottawa court house Tuesday afternoon to face charges in connection to the slaying.

“I’m hopeful that it will happen today,” Israel Gencher told The Canadian Press.

Gencher said he spoke with Gregson briefly by telephone earlier in the day, but declined to say what they talked about.

The apparently random attack on the unidentified male officer took place around 4:30 a.m. ET as he was sitting in his cruiser outside the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital writing up notes on an unrelated case.

A flashlight, gun, notebook, a single glove, a knife with a 12-centimetre blade and a second knife lay drenched in blood at the scene, as investigators gathered evidence. A silver Honda Civic within the taped-off area remained running throughout.

“It appears our officer was in his vehicle doing notes on a call that was unrelated when the altercation or the incident happened,” a pale and shaken Ottawa police chief Vern White told The Canadian Press.

“We really don’t know much more than that. There was no call of service in relation to this. The officer apparently was … surprise attacked. … He was at the hospital on duty, (there) doesn’t appear to be a connection between the individual and the officer.”

Paramedics on the scene immediately tried to save the officer, but were unable. He died around 5:30 a.m. ET, White said.

The two paramedics and people at the hospital managed to apprehend the suspect. The Major Crime Unit is investigating and police said the suspect will not be identified until charges are laid.

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    Sheepdog1

    over 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    cmh339

    over 4 years ago

    2302 Comments

    My prayers go out to the family and the department. RIP!!

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    jmyers620

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    RIP Constable. It is sad to see such a despicable act committed against a fellow LEO. It becomes even more despicable to see it committed by one who was once one of us. I hope this POS dies a horrible, painful death in his incarceration. The EMT's who selflessly disarmed and restrained the piece of trash should be hailed as heroes and remembered for their valiant efforts. Thank you to them and to you Constable.

    From your brothers currently keeping the peace in the Middle East.

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    Hardcopy69

    over 4 years ago

    6082 Comments

    God Bless you and your family.

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    rustysoap

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    He was laid to rest today. RIP Constable Czapnik

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    bsibley

    over 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Officer Czapnik. My prayers to your family and fellow officers during this tragic time.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP.

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    aussie4

    over 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    It appears there was no way this Leo had of knowing the evil intent this pos had, may God Bless him and his family.

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    May God Bless your Eternal Soul Sir.

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    tess6738

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    prayers to the family, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in blue to this fine officer may he rest in peace

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    pocodan

    over 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    Rest in peace our thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow workers

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    jmax

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Czapnik

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    dock

    over 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    RIP brother

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    michael11069

    over 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    rip officer my prayers are with all that knew you and where blessed to have come in contact with you. Remember its not how this officer passed away that made him a hero......... But rather how he choose to live his life........ RIP

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