I know this is a firefighter site, but couldn't help but post this for all of us to read. This officer was just sitting in his car writing a report when he was ambushed and stabbed to death, my thoughts and condolences to the entire police department and his family.

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Ottawa police officer killed in stabbing outside Ottawa hospital
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By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - An Ottawa police officer was ambushed and stabbed to death outside a hospital in the cold, dark hours of Tuesday morning.

Paramedics and two members of the public managed to trap a suspect, now in custody. But they weren't able to save the officer's life.

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.

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.

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."

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This is different how?


On Sunday, six days after posting bail in Washington on charges of raping a child, Clemmons walked into the coffee shop in Parkland, Wash., a suburb a few miles south of Tacoma, and killed four uniformed Lakewood police officers as they caught up on paperwork on their laptops, police said.
When is America going to realize the justice system is failing us Americans and Emergency Responders there is no real justice anymore per-se! Stay Safe!
Like so many things, our justice system (as well as political system) may not be the best, but it's the best there is.

Faults are often glaring, success more often hidden from view. Its your choice which you prefer to highlight. The presence of failures doesn't mean the system has failed, only that no system is perfect and more work needs yet to be done.

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