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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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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    They say that officer deaths are down, but seems like we are hearing too many stories like this lately. Very sad. RIP>

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Very sad

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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    RIP Brother...

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother, we have the watch now.

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    Radiotelegrapher

    over 4 years ago

    2714 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

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    byebyejailbird

    over 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    RIP my friend.

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    BSPD88

    over 4 years ago

    2208 Comments

    Rest in Peace. Prayers to your family and the police community

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42138 Comments

    Officer Czapnik thank you for your service and sacrifice. My prayers and sympathies to all family, friends and Ottawa PD family! This is tragic.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42138 Comments

    Officer Czapnik thank you for your service and sacrifice. My prayers and sympathies to all family, friends and Ottawa PD family! This is tragic.

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    LAC155

    over 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    How devastating... my sincere condolences for your family and the Ottawa police.

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    americas1776

    over 4 years ago

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    RIP

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    dolphinblue

    over 4 years ago

    42972 Comments

    Deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Constable Czapnik. R.I.P.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Another hero gone to soon

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    NECU2

    over 4 years ago

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    RIP

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

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    RIP

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