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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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    Swat1252

    over 4 years ago

    330 Comments

    RIP brother God bless you

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    troopermom

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    my prayers & thoughts to the department and to the slain officer's family. i agree with hgb522....senseless.

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    senseless

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    star0833

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    So much evil and hate in our world. That's the problem.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace Constable Czapnik!

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    texaslawdawg603

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    Another terrible loss......Rest In Gods Arms Brother.

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    Taffy

    over 4 years ago

    1200 Comments

    Rest in Peace brother.

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

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    ksphatcop

    over 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    JB4Justice

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    My condolences go out to his immediate family, and his fellow officers. This is a very sad tragedy, let us all stay safe out there.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10926 Comments

    Rest in Peace ....

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    Katz

    over 4 years ago

    8262 Comments

    Such tragedy, it just keeps going....and to think it was a former Mountie that did this...very, very sad.

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    184retired

    over 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    RIP, this is just getting ridiculous...my prayers are with your family and friends

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    A Sad , Sad day for law Enforcement

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    It seems like its getting to be everyday another Officers life is lost..another sad day.. RIP

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