Kevin Reid Gregson was a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who was convicted of the murder of Ottawa Police Constable Eric Czapnik on December 29, 2009. The crime shocked the country and led to widespread condemnation of the police force and the justice system.
The events leading up to the murder began on December 28, 2009, when Gregson, who had resigned from the RCMP earlier that year, went to a bar in Ottawa. He got into a fight with another patron and was kicked out of the bar. He then proceeded to go to a different bar where he continued to drink heavily.
Later that night, Gregson drove to a parking lot near the Ottawa Police station and called 911, claiming that there was a man with a gun in the area. When Czapnik responded to the call, Gregson shot him several times with a .223-caliber rifle. Czapnik was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries.
Gregson was arrested a short time later and charged with first-degree murder. He initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea to guilty of second-degree murder.
The trial was highly publicized and sparked a national conversation about the issue of police brutality and mental health in law enforcement. Many people felt that Gregson's actions were a result of the high-stress environment of the police force, and that the justice system had failed both him and Czapnik.
During the trial, Gregson's defense team argued that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his time in the RCMP. They also claimed that he had been drinking heavily on the night of the murder and that he was in a state of extreme distress when he called 911.
Despite these arguments, the judge ultimately found Gregson guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The case led to changes within the RCMP, with the force implementing new measures to help prevent officer burnout and PTSD. The Ottawa Police also introduced new training programs to help officers deal with mental health issues and stress.