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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

Hours later, cruisers were still swarming the area around the emergency room where the stabbing occurred. Officers sought shelter in their cars from the frigid temperatures, which hovered around -20 C. They had cordoned off a parking bay with yellow police tape.

There was no immediate word on the officer’s age and rank. White said he wanted to give other police staffers time to notify their families of their own safety before announcing any details of the dead officer.

However, the president of the Canadian Police Association said he was a junior officer, recruited to the police force about three or four years ago when he was probably in his mid-30s.

Charles Momy said he met the officer in his role as president of the Ottawa Police Association at the time, and the officer stood out in the crowd of new recruits.

“He seemed like a very jovial, happy-go-lucky individual,” Momy said.

His death will have a profound effect on the force, Momy said. “This is going to be a significant, significant loss.”

The last time an Ottawa police officer was slain in the line of duty was in October 1983 when Const. David Utman, 38, was shot at a shopping centre during an altercation.

“It tough. This city, particularly in relation to police officers, has been very, very safe. We haven’t lost an officer since the early 80s. Not that it would be easier. But it certainly is not something we’re used to dealing with or managing,” White said in his office after commiserating with a colleague on the telephone.

“My condolences go out to the family and friends of this officer. And the family of the Ottawa police service, because very quickly you become a family member in this organization, as I found out after a couple of years.”

Gregson has been before the courts previously. He received a conditional discharge in 2007 for pulling a knife on a Mormon church official in Regina the year before.

Court heard that Gregson, who was off duty at the time, became angry and brandished a knife when a bishop refused to grant him a special card that allows members to enter Mormon temples for certain ceremonies.

“You don’t know how many ways I’ve been taught to kill,” Gregson said, according to a Crown prosecutor.

Several months later Gregson had surgery to remove cysts in his brain.

He pleaded guilty in a Regina court in April 2007 to uttering a death threat.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

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    RIP

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    Sheepdog1

    over 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    cmh339

    over 4 years ago

    2302 Comments

    My prayers go out to the family and the department. RIP!!

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    jmyers620

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    RIP Constable. It is sad to see such a despicable act committed against a fellow LEO. It becomes even more despicable to see it committed by one who was once one of us. I hope this POS dies a horrible, painful death in his incarceration. The EMT's who selflessly disarmed and restrained the piece of trash should be hailed as heroes and remembered for their valiant efforts. Thank you to them and to you Constable.

    From your brothers currently keeping the peace in the Middle East.

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    Hardcopy69

    over 4 years ago

    6082 Comments

    God Bless you and your family.

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    rustysoap

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    He was laid to rest today. RIP Constable Czapnik

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    bsibley

    over 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Officer Czapnik. My prayers to your family and fellow officers during this tragic time.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP.

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    aussie4

    over 4 years ago

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    It appears there was no way this Leo had of knowing the evil intent this pos had, may God Bless him and his family.

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    May God Bless your Eternal Soul Sir.

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    tess6738

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    prayers to the family, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in blue to this fine officer may he rest in peace

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    pocodan

    over 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    Rest in peace our thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow workers

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    jmax

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Czapnik

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    dock

    over 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    RIP brother

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    michael11069

    over 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    rip officer my prayers are with all that knew you and where blessed to have come in contact with you. Remember its not how this officer passed away that made him a hero......... But rather how he choose to live his life........ RIP

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