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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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    carlitoso2

    over 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    RIP brother my prayer to the family

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    JeMan

    over 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    RIP brother.

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    commando31642

    over 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    R.I.P BROTHER dAMN ANOTHER SLAIN OFFICER THIS IS REDICULOUS

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    matsnap

    over 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    RIP Brother! My condolences to the family, co-workers, and friends.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP Brother. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and never will be. My condolences to this brave officer's friends, family and colleagues. I hope justice is served.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    46076 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    orangebomber01

    over 4 years ago

    1008 Comments

    RIP brother, may the scum that did this to you be subjected to the same horrible death!

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    maverick823

    over 4 years ago

    766 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    darrelj

    over 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP Brother....

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    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14600 Comments

    So sad. RIP my Brother. Prayers go out to your family and friends. Very tragic in itself but to have this done by someone who was once a Mountie, horrible. Is the killer sane? Does he have more problems with his brain and cysts? So many unanswered questions.

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    steve_aman72

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    My guitar gently weeps. Our prayer's are with the Czapnik family.

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    Chief171

    over 4 years ago

    3194 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    canadian_sam911

    over 4 years ago

    968 Comments

    RIP Brother, you will be missed! Constable Czapnik is the first Officer to be killed on duty in our city since 1983, a city of 1.200 000 people

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16734 Comments

    R.I.P.

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