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“I couldn’t believe what had happened”, Niagara, Ont.  the cop who shot another officer says in court


TORONTO – A Niagara police officer who shot and injured another officer said the incident was so unusual he feared no one would believe what happened.

Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan testifies at Const. Nathan Parker, who faces assault charges in a 2018 incident that culminated in the shooting.

Donovan said Parker assaulted him as they investigated a collision in November 2018, pushing him hard enough to bruise him and remove his baton and gun.

He told the court that he then shot Parker several times.

Donovan said he asked a passerby if he had a video, hoping there was evidence of what had happened.

He testified that the viewer did not have a video, so Donovan asked him to stay and watch so he could be a witness.

“I couldn’t believe what had happened and I expected no one else to believe it,” Donovan told court on Wednesday.

“I wanted witnesses to what was going on… because I had just shot a person, another policeman, so I want everyone to see what happened, so if something else is wrong , I have evidence.”

Parker faces charges including assault with intent to resist arrest, assault on a police officer and assault with a weapon.

The Special Investigations Unit also indicted Donovan initially, but his lawyer said those charges were dropped when prosecutors found there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 15, 2021.

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