A drug raid goes wrong

A drug raid in Quebec went terribly wrong last week. A pre-dawn raid left an officer dead and another officer wounded as well as a female occupant in the house with a bullet wound in her arm.

The facts appear to be a bit vague at this point.

Neighbours described a gunfight before sunrise, with the house alarm ringing, people screaming and at least 10 shots being fired inside a two-storey home in an upscale residential suburb.

Inside the house were an adult couple, a six-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother. The children were not hurt but their mother was wounded. She is not expected to die of the injuries.

Laval Police Detective-Sergeant Daniel Tessier, 42, who had been in the drug squad for only a week, died after being shot in the head.

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The shootout took place at a home in Brossard, a bedroom community south of Montreal, part of eight search warrants executed yesterday.

The house is owned by a 41-year-old man and his wife. Neither has a criminal record.

Reached by phone, the man’s father said his son had two young children, a description matching the police’s account. The suspect’s father said his son owns a bar in Montreal’s West Island. He would not comment further.

An article in the Toronto Star had a slightly different slant.

Few details have emerged as to the identity of the shooter, believed to be a man who was staying in the house with a female companion, who was slightly wounded in the shootout. Two children were also in the home at the time of the shooting.

Gariépy wouldn’t say whether the suspect and the woman were known to police, only that they were targeted in an investigation that has been ongoing since June of last year.

Neighbours said they believed the suspect is a bar owner.

Then a further article in the Toronto Sun is different again. This time they say the woman was arrested at the scene and that she was injured but don’t say she was shot.

A suspect in the shooting death of a Quebec police officer is expected to face first-degree murder and attempted murder charges when he appears in court on Monday.

The 41-year-old man will make his first court appearance in Friday’s shooting of Det.-Sgt. Daniel Tessier, a police officer in Laval, north of Montreal.

Tessier was gunned down during a drug bust south of Montreal.

The 42-year-old officer and father of two was in his first month on the drug squad when he was shot in the head.

Const. Stephane Forbes is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm while a woman arrested at the scene is also undergoing treatment for an injury.

 I don’t know why anyone is shocked and surprised when one of these smash and grab raids go bad. Even if you are totally innocent you are going to react in some way if someone smashes their way into your house in the early hours of the morning. But God help you if you resist.

I am especially bothered about these raids when the house that is targeted has a family with small children. In this case the child’s mother (presumably) of the children gets shot.

I am reminded of a daytime raid on a house in Vancouver a few years back when the ERT raided a house with guns drawn where a child’s birthday party was in progress. In that case the police shot the family dog in front of the kids.

Fortunately this kind of raid isn’t as common in Canada as it is in the U.S. where it seems like every town with more than one street has a SWAT unit. Or possibly in Canada we only hear about these raids when they raid the wrong house by mistake or someone gets shot in the process.

It will be interesting to see if we hear anything more on this particular raid. I would think we would, what with a police officer dead, another wounded and a resident of the house wounded as well.

 

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One Response to “A drug raid goes wrong”

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