An Ottawa police officer has died after being stabbed outside the emergency room at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday morning.
The officer died at 5:30 a.m. ET, said police Chief Vern White.
White told a news conference at the police station Tuesday morning that the officer was alone at the hospital on an unrelated police matter when a man stabbed him.
"He was actually outside the hospital preparing to leave," said White.
"Thanks to the prompt response of members of the public and in particular two paramedics at the scene, the suspect was apprehended.”
Police said they will not release the officer's name until relatives are notified. In the meantime, White said he is encouraging his officers to call their families to assure them that they are safe.
The stabbing marks the first death of an Ottawa officer in the line of duty since 1983.
The hospital's emergency room remains open, but the area where the stabbing occurred is closed to the public while police investigate. In the parking lot just outside the emergency room doors, an officer's weapon, a knife and a large blood stain can be seen behind police tape.
White said police will release more details later Tuesday.
More to comeWith files from The Canadian Press
After we extend our condolences to the family and the Ottawa Police, this
death hopefully will end the tomb stone mentality and societies refusal to deal
with mental health issues.
Our Criminal and Family Courts have as their greatest case creation factor, the refusal of society to recognize or deal with appropriately in any substantive way, the problems of mental illness and severe personality disorders.
Before society starts addressing those causes, it needs to ensure that those who hold the greatest power and who make the most decisions are themselves not suffering from a mental illness and or a severe personality disorder.
Most Canadian Police forces use a variety of screening methods to screen and weed out those who have mental health problems and or personality disorders.
That cannot be said for those who "control" the courts, our judiciary attract the very worst of the legal profession, where the judicial screening is conducted by those with a pathological hatred towards men and a zealous obsession for political correctness.
Ottawa's judiciary has amongst it, some of the foulest examples of humanity who flagrantly abuse their power most probably because judicial screening fails to screen for those with personality disorders and or mental health problems. Once installed, ththey are there for life where they will continue to leave a trail of destruction.
On the other side of the coin, our judiciary increasingly have their discretion reduced, political interference in sentencing guidelines and a lack of power to exercise creative appropriate solutions means that we have walking timebombs who have profiles of mass murderers.
Now we have to wait to hear the rest of the story that for some reason for now is being kept under wraps.