City man faces charges after Toronto incident
An Ottawa man who allegedly fired off a police officer’s gun while resisting arrest in Toronto’s entertainment district on the weekend faces attempted murder charges.
On Friday, at around 10:15 p.m., a man scuffling with two police officers apparently pulled the trigger of a cop’s holstered weapon.
The two police officers had pulled over a motorist and began to wrestle with the driver on the pavement after he allegedly resisted arrest. One officer was thrown off the suspect while the other struggled on top of him.
David Aspden, the Mayor of Barrie, Ont. and a former police officer, happened to be passing by and jumped in to grab the suspect’s arms, pinning him to the ground. That gave the officers time to handcuff the suspect.
“This guy was out of control. And then the firearm went off. One cop had fallen on the ground, and the other hollered he needed assistance,” said Aspden.
An investigation revealed the officer’s gun was never drawn, but had been discharged. No one was injured by the blast, but the suspect was sent to hospital.
Marcel Joseph Lapensee, 20, of Gloucester, faces eight charges, including two counts of attempted murder, assault and discharging a firearm.