Constable Ireneusz (Eric) Czapnik Ottawa Police Service Ontario End of Watch: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Biographical Info Age: 51 Tour of Duty: 2 years Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details Cause of Death: Stabbed Date of Incident: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Weapon Used: Edged weapon; Knife Suspect Info: Sentenced to life
Constable Eric Czapnik was ambushed and stabbed to death
while sitting in his patrol car outside of the Ottawa Hospital Civic
Campus at 4:30 am. He was writing reports when he was
targeted and attacked.
The man who attacked him was a former constable with the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two paramedics and several
civilians subdued the suspect until responding officers took him
In March 2012 the subject was convicted of Constable Czapnik's
murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Constable Czapnik had served with the agency for two years. He
is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.