A Canadian police officer who has been shot and killed nine times by a colleague is now on trial for assault following the confrontation that began during a bathroom break.
Constable Nathan Parker, 55, of the Niagara Regional Police, is charged with Assault with a Gun, Intent to Resist Arrest and assault on a police officer after allegedly attacking Detective Sergeant Shane Donovan.
Tuesday, Donovan saidin an Ontario court he barely knew Parker when the two worked on a scene collision reconstruction in rural Ontario in November 2018. Donovan was leading the operation when he asked Parker to prevent residents from using the road.
The court heard that Parker had left the scene and became defensive when Donovan asked him to stay . Parker said he had to leave to go to the bathroom.
"You are talking to a sergeant," Donovan told him, he said.
But the confrontation escalated when Parker got out of his vehicle and pushed Donovan, the court heard.
"You are under arrest for assault," Donovan told Parker.
Donovan told court that Parker continued towards him, throwing a 'haymaker' punch and punching him.t.
The sergeant said he raised his hands in surrender and returned to his vehicle. But he was struck again by Parker, who then unsheathed his police-issued baton.
Crazy that a blow to the head could be fatal, Donovan drew his gun.
"Oh, you wanna do that? Parker said, who drew his own gun.
"I knew if he had the gun on me then he would kill me - and it was either me or him, "Donovan said. "So I fired my gun until he dropped his gun.
Investigators recovered 10 shell casings from the scene .
"My belief was that my life was in danger," Donovan said. "He's attacked me before, hit me three or four times.
Donovan told the court that his experience with Parker was thethe first time he drew his gun.
A medical examination revealed four gunshot wounds to Parker's left calf, lower abdomen, left hip and the back of his right foot. He also had injuries to his nose and cheek, as well as his left shoulder and upper thigh.
Ontario Special Investigations, which investigates shootings involving police officers, initially laid charges against Donovan, including attempted murder, but the charges were subsequently dropped.
Donovan will continue his testimony on Wednesday in the judicial trial.