Charges Dropped Against Sergeant Who Shot Officer During On-Duty Fight

NPR Constable Nathan Parker (top) was shot multiple times by NPR Detective Sergeant Shane Donovan (bottom).

St. Catherines, Ontario – Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Niagara police officer who shot a fellow officer multiple times during a crash investigation in 2018.

Niagara Regional Police (NRP) Constable Nathan Parker, 52, and NPR Detective Sergeant Shane Donovan, 57, were investigating a motor vehicle collision near the intersection of Roland Road and Effingham Street in Pelham when the altercation occurred on Nov. 29, 2018, according to The Star.

Details regarding what led up to the violent confrontation have not been released.

During the brawl, Sgt. Donovan fired multiple rounds at Const. Parker, striking him at least five times in his upper leg, shoulder, and the end of his nose, police said.

The constable’s ballistic vest deflected or stopped many additional rounds, The Star reported.

Sgt. Donovan, a 20-year veteran-of-the-force, was charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and attempted murder in March.

But in May, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) also charged Const. Parker with assault with a weapon, assault with intent to resist arrest, and assaulting a police officer, The Star reported.

According to Sgt. Donovan’s attorney, Joanne Mulcahy, the sergeant shot the constable in self-defense.

“[Sgt. Donavan] believed his actions were fully necessary, fully justified in defense of his life,” Mulachy told The Star.

On Nov. 22, Crown attorney Ian Bulmer asked an Ontario Court of Justice judge to dismiss the charges against Sgt. Donovan.

Bulmer told the court that there was no reasonable prospect that Sgt. Donovan would be convicted of the charges against him.

The judge dismissed the case against Sgt. Donovan the same day, The Star reported.

Const. Parker’s attorney, Joseph Markson, blasted the ruling.

“No theory of the case justifies Donovan’s discharging of his firearm multiple times into my client’s body,” Markson told The Star. “My client, who is still recovering from nine bullet wounds, is shocked and shaken.”

The criminal case against Cont. Parker remains ongoing, according to The Star.

Although the charges against Sgt. Donovan have been dismissed, he still remains on paid administrative leave, The Star reported.

Const. Parker has also been suspended with pay.

“At this time, we must respect the judicial process and allow this matter to continue to unfold before the courts,” NRP Chief Bryan MacCulloch told The Star.

Comments (14)
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Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I’d of loved to have been a fly on the wall at the beginning of this brawl!

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Hmmm, why am I thinking that there is a third-party that got this going?

Aramovich
Aramovich

And I thought Canada was boring.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Something is very fishy here. So much has been left out..

Patriot6
Patriot6

WTF?

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

Someone was schlooping the other guys wife

djb032
djb032

Obviously more to the story than what is being said....start with explaining why a Det Sgt was assisting with a traffic accident invest. Not normal SOP unless it was a fatal or very serious.....or do Canadian Officers just do things differently?

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh man

Canadian Guy
Canadian Guy

The story was in local papers... Parker was posted to an accident scene (accident involved a cop's kid) Parker left post. Other cops showed up next morning to investigate while he was gone. When he returned, Sgt. told him to leave, argument ensued. Parker went after Sgt... Sgt shot him. Parker is very well known.. is known hothead.. steroid user... lots of disciplines on record. Other cops can't stand the guy. Parker's family member says too bad Sgt didn't kill him.

Stanracer
Stanracer

There's clearly a lot more to this story.

Marxest
Marxest

A clear case of Canadian incompetence. He shot that a fellow officer nine times and failed to kill him, (that doesn't happen in America). Then the courts drop the charges against the shooter but the charges remain on the wounded officer. Officials also coverup the events that lead to the fight. Complete incompetence.