CBC - An Ottawa police officer has died after being stabbed at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday morning. ... [LINK]
This tragic death (murder?) of a police officer in Ottawa is, as far as I know, not directly related to the taser issue.
But it worth noting that it is, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), the first death by violence of a police officer in all of Canada since 2007 (when there were four). I believe it is worth distinguishing between deaths by violence (gunfire, assault) and, for example, automobile accidents.
2007 Line of Duty Deaths: 4 (Gunfire: 3, Vehicular assault: 1) [ODMP 2007]
2008 Line of Duty Deaths: 2 (Automobile accident: 1, Heart attack: 1) [ODMP 2008]
2009 Line of Duty Deaths: 3 [+1] (Automobile accident: 3, [+Stabbing: 1]) [ODMP 2009]
It's a sad end to a good run of relative non-violence in Canada for the past two years.
UPDATE: There's a very strange twist to this incident.
CBC News - A former Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been arrested in the stabbing death of an Ottawa police officer. Kevin Gregson, 43, was arrested at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday after an Ottawa officer was stabbed while writing notes in his cruiser outside the emergency room doors. ... [LINK]
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