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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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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    We are in prayer for Eric's family and colleagues. Let us know if we can be of service.
    Det. M.C. Williams
    Chaplain, www.TheCenturionLawEnforcementMinistry.org

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    UNIT111D

    over 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    captainbud

    over 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, brother.

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    jakester

    over 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    IN HONORE CASORUM

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    milcop

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Canadian brother! Peace to your family and friends at this hard time.

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    ERIC4536

    over 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    Rest in Peace Constable Eric Czapnik. Our Codolences to the family and friends of our Canadian Brothers.
    Hopefully some form of justice will prevail. It will be hard for us to judge if the brain cysts in Gregson made him into a monster. May he never walk as a free man again.

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    36TR

    over 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brother!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    God bless our Canadian brother.

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    pigdog1

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    Every Year our club, the Warthogs Public Safety M/C ride up from the states to join our Canadian members to attend the Canadian Police Memorial in September. It is our way of honoring our Canadian Brothers of the Badge for the sacrafice they made. Even though their roll call is a lot shorter than we have at our memorial service in DC, it is still a tragedy to loose one who is on the side of good. I will regret to read another name on the memorial. Rest in Peace Const. Eric Czapnik.

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    Inxorte

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    atlantapd87

    over 4 years ago

    446 Comments

    so sad to hear, always sad to hear. R. I. P.

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    granny1

    over 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    r.i.p. god watch over your families.

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    WACollector

    over 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    Kahunacop

    over 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    May your families hearts and souls be comforted in Gods Great Love at this time of such a great loss! May you always be held deep in the hearts of those whom you helped protect, rest in peace my brother! Aloha Nui Loa

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    TPD327

    over 4 years ago

    396 Comments

    Another ambush killing. Watch your six. My prayers to the Officer and his family.

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