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June 15, 2008

Quebec man found not guilty in shooting death of Laval officer

Quebec man found not guilty in shooting death of Laval officer

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After four days of deliberation, a jury found Basil Parasiris not guilty Friday in the shooting death of a Laval police Constable in March of 2007.

Laval police were executing a “no knock” warrant on Parasiris’ Brossard home March 2, 2007, when Parasiris fatally shot officer Daniel Tessier, thinking he was an invader in his home. The warrant was issued to investigate drug trafficking in the area. Only a small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found during the execution of the search warrant.

Parasiris still faces charges stemming from firearms that were in his possession. The .357 magnum revolver used during the shootout was licensed, but three other loaded firearms were not registered. Parasiris’ attorney has indicated that he will plead guilty to those charges.



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April 25, 2007

Accused killer of Canadian police officer released on bail

Accused killer of Canadian police officer released on bail

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The man accused of killing a Laval, Quebec police officer on March 2, 2007 was released Tuesday on a CA$200,000 bail.

Basil Parasiris has been charged with several offences stemming from a drug raid carried out by police in the early morning hours of March 2. Among the alleged offences are a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Constable Daniel Tessier, attempted murder in the wounding of Tessier’s partner, Stephane Forbes, and several weapons offences. Parasiris will remain free on bail pending a preliminary hearing to be held in August of this year.

For his part, Parasiris has not denied that the shooting took place, and has apologized to Tessier’s family. He claims that he was acting in self defence, as he didn’t know that it was police entering his house in a planned raid, and instead believed intruders had broken in. “I’m really, really sorry (about) what happened. My condolences to the Tessier family,” Parasiris told CTV News. “I honestly thought there was a home invasion or something.”

The judge overseeing the bail proceedings, ruled that Parasiris would not pose an immediate threat to society, but did place strict conditions on his release. While awaiting trial, Parasiris, 41, will have to live with his father, obey a curfew, and not travel outside Canada.

In what is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in Canada, releasing on bail a defendant charged with killing a policeman, the judge criticized some of the police tactics used during the raid. Justice Jean-Guy Boilard of the Quebec Superior Court noted that the police didn’t use a “knock notice” before entering Parasiris’ house, but rather used a battering ram to break down the door. When serving a warrant under normal conditions, police are to knock at the door and identify themselves. Jacques Larochelle, Parasiris’ lawyer, indicated that he will contest the warrant’s legality.

The prosecution argued that, even if it was not clear to Parasiris that police were entering his home, he should not have been so reckless with a gun.

During the fatal raid on the Parasiris home in March, police collected four loaded handguns, as well as a small amount of drugs and cash. According to reports, the 357-magnum handgun allegedly used by Parasiris to shoot the officers was legally registered.

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March 2, 2007

Montreal police officer killed during drug raid

Montreal police officer killed during drug raid

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A 17-year veteran of the Laval, Quebec police force was shot dead and another injured during a drug raid in Brossard, Quebec.

Constable Daniel Tessier was shot in the head and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The second officer, Constable Stephane Forbes, was shot in the shoulder and is reported to be in stable condition.

The officers were taking part in concurrent drug raids in the Montreal area, which involved as many as 30 officers at 8 locations.

The wounded officers were shot while taking part in a 5 a.m. raid at a Brossard home. Tessier and Forbes were shot after entering the house with 4 other officers. A woman was injured during the skirmish, according to Constable Marc Butz of the Surete du Quebec, the provincial force who have taken over the investigation. Two suspects were arrested at the scene.

The coordinated police raids were the follow-up to investigations into cocaine drug rings, according to Jean-Pierre Gariepy, a Laval Police spokesman.

The funeral for Tessier, when it takes place, will be attended by fellow police officers from across the country.

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October 1, 2006

Highway overpass collapses near Montreal

Highway overpass collapses near Montreal

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An overpass has collapsed in Laval, a suburb of the Montreal area of Quebec, Canada. Three lanes of the Concorde Boulevard overpass collapsed into Highway 19. At least 5 people are dead, 6 others injured, 2 critically and least 3 cars are reported to be trapped underneath the overpass. Authorities have stated that 3 cars and a motorcycle were on the overpass when it collapsed.

Rescue workers and construction engineers have brought in heavy equipment, cranes and drills to break up the overpass into roughly a dozen smaller segments for removal. At the time of the collapse, authorities reported that 2 vehicles were trapped under the debris. Around midnight, the two vehicles were removed from the debris, and the five occupants of both vehicles were pronounced dead on the site.

Transport Quebec and Sûreté du Québec have reported that around 9:30 a.m. local time, people called 911, reporting that small chunks of concrete had fallen from the Boulevard de la Concorde (Concorde Boulevard) overpass over Autoroute 19, and Transport Quebec sent a crew to inspect. At around 11:55 a.m., Transport’s Québec patrol arrived at the overpass confirming the facts. The patroller moved the chunks off the highway and produced a report, sent to the Transports Quebec branch responsible for Laval.

The incident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, local residents described what sounded like “an earthquake”. It is not known at this time how the collapse occurred, or when it might be repaired. It is currently assumed that the cement bondings to the steel rods which held the overpass to its approaches gave way, and with nothing to hold the overpass’ central span up, it collapsed.

This isn’t the first overpass collapse in Laval. In 2000, a section of the Highway 15 overpass collapsed, killing one and injuring two others. It was later determined that the collapse in 2000 was caused by a manufacturing defect.

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