by Yaron Steinbuch
Apolice officer was gunned down in Canada while responding to a vehicle stuck in a ditch – minutes after finding out he had passed the probationary period to get his “dream job.”
Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala, 28, of the Ontario Provincial Police, responded to the scene on Indian Line Road in Haldimand County at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, the CBC reported.
Upon arrival, the cop was allegedly shot by Randall McKenzie, 25, who had failed to appear in court on gun charges, according to the Toronto Sun.
Pierzchala, who was shot in the chest and leg, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.
McKenzie fled in a black Chevy pickup but was soon arrested along with his girlfriend, who has not been named.
McKenzie was expected to be charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman also was expected to be charged, though it was unclear on what counts.
Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala was gunned down when he responded to a car stuck in a ditch Tuesday.OPP
Pierzchala had learned minutes before that he had passed his 10-month probationary period on the force.OPP
Images posted on social media on Tuesday show fellow officers lining the streets as his body was transported to the coroner’s office in Toronto.
Before going out on his fateful call, Pierzchala learned that he had passed his 10-month probationary period on the force, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said.
“This is a man who, at five years old, decided he wanted to be a police officer and he had a brief opportunity to live out his dream and to do his best to keep our community safe,” Carrique said, the Hamilton Spectator reported
Pierzchala reportedly knew he wanted to be a police officer since he was five years old.REUTERS