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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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    pnevlud

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    Rest in peace my brother. My prayers are with your family.

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    SULLYMAN

    over 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Another senseless killing, R.I.P.B.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace brother, my prayers to the family. God be with them.

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    buck

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    Rest in peace brother and may god bless your family and friends.

  • Sany0282_max50

    retcop104

    over 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    rip brother, may the good lord be with you, and family.

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    station_100_2003

    over 4 years ago

    552 Comments

    .It has been a rough year for our men and women in blue. May they all rest in peace. My prayers go out to the familiees, friends and fellow officers of all our heroes that have fallen this year. Let us remember then as how they lived for that makes them our heroes. You maybe gone but you will never be forgotten.

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    gman3858

    over 4 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

  • Hpim0324_max50

    boritico

    over 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

  • Enoughisenough_max50

    jortives1969

    over 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P and God bless your family.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    This is senseless.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Officer and his family..

    Rest in Peace Constable Czapnik

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    dhw

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    God bless family, friends, fellow officers
    Chief D. Whiteley, P.B. Mo.

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    tjohnsonr18

    over 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    my prayers & thoughts to the department and to the slain officer's family. i agree with hgb522....senseless.
    REST IN PEACE BROTHER,,,MAY JUSTICE BE SWIFT AND HARD
    well said everyone.
    GOD BLESS, we are all very saddend by hearing this. The world must be getting close to the end since GOD needs all of these heros in his presence, because he is taking way to many from us way to soon.

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    corylovesandrea

    over 4 years ago

    6222 Comments

    A loss that is never easy to take. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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    FBD183

    over 4 years ago

    728 Comments

    REST IN PEACE BROTHER,,,MAY JUSTICE BE SWIFT AND HARD

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    Another one of those "he never saw it coming" type ambushes. Sadly the one doing the deed was a former law enforcement family member. Rest my brother until I see you and all the heroes that have crossed over. God bless the family and keep them safe.

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