The Canadian policeman who was deliberately shot by a sergeant from his own agency has now been listed as being in “stable” condition, a positive note in what has become a curious case of officer-on-officer violence.
Niagara Regional Police Constable Nathan Parker struggled to live on Thursday night after being shot by Detective Sergeant Shane Donovan, who discharged around five rounds during a physical altercation with Parker at the site of a traffic accident.
According to the Toronto Sun, Detective Sergeant Donovan was losing the fight at the time of the shooting.
Parker has a dubious record of using excessive force, with related departmental disciplinary sheets dating back to 2005, when he pepper-sprayed a handcuffed and restrained prisoner in the back of his cruiser. In 2008, he allegedly arrested a cyclist without cause, and was found guilty of using unnecessary force in 2011. By 2015, he had racked up two other offenses, including discreditable conduct and unnecessary use of force against a prisoner.
Parker and Donovan reportedly got into a “heated argument” that devolved into a “fist fight,” which ultimately ended in shots being fired.
As of Friday, afternoon, no one is believed to have been taken into custody. The province-level Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is handling the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the shooting.
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