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‘I could not believe what happened,’ cop who shot fellow officer tells court

Written by on September 15, 2021

A Niagara police officer who shot and wounded a fellow cop says the incident was so unusual he feared nobody would believe what happened. 

Det.-Sgt. Shane Donovan is testifying at the trial of Const. Nathan Parker, who is facing assault charges in a 2018 incident that culminated in the shooting.

Donovan testified that Parker had assaulted him while they were investigating a collision in November 2018, pushing him hard enough to cause bruising and pulling out his baton and firearm. 

He told the court he then shot Parker several times.

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

He testified the bystander didn’t have video, so Donovan asked him to stay and watch so he could be a witness. 

“I could not believe what had happened and I expected no one else would believe it,” Donovan told the court Wednesday. 

“I wanted witnesses to what was happening … because I had just shot a person, another police officer, so I want everyone to see what happened so if anything else went wrong, I’ve got evidence.”

Parker is facing charges including assault with intent to resist arrest, assaulting a police officer and assault with a weapon. 

The Special Investigations Unit initially charged Donovan as well, but his lawyer says those charges were dropped when prosecutors found there was no reasonable prospect of conviction. 

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

The Canadian Press