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Ex-cop charged with stabbing Canadian officer to death

Editor's note: We were saddened to learn of the recent loss of a Canadian brother. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and his fellow officers. We extend our gratitude to the four paramedics who had the courage to, at great risk to themselves, immediately jump to action in an effort to try and help Constable Czapnik. Their bravery is admirable and reflective of the kind of dedication and selflessness demonstrated by the best of the best in the broad family of “first responders.”

Although we have not had an opportunity to confirm the details of this incident beyond news reports, we felt it important to share a few officer safety reminders relative to the type of scenario in which this terrible attack occurred. Please note that although these points may not have specific relevance to the incident that cost the life of Constable Czapmik, keep them in mind as important foundational concepts that can play a crucial role in your survival. Read more here: Tips for doing paperwork in your squad

Metro News

OTTAWA — A former Mountie faces a first-degree murder charge after a police officer on a routine call was ambushed and stabbed to death outside a hospital in the bitter cold and dark.

Ottawa police said in a release Tuesday night that Kevin Gregson, 43, of Ottawa also is charged with robbery and using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence. Police said Gregson is to appear in court on Wednesday.

Const. Ireneusz 'Eric' Czapnik, 51, died at 5:30 a.m. ET, shortly after he was attacked while sitting in his cruiser taking notes. This was the first time a policeman in the Canadian city has been killed in the line of duty since 1983.

Read full story: Ottawa cop's murder first violent police death since '83

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