A Quebec man on the run almost created a bloodbath by shooting at two police officers and three British Columbia paramedics who were trying to come to his aid last week.
“They were very lucky not to be hit by a bullet when he suddenly pulled out his rifle,” said Mike Wicentowich, a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) from the town of Trail.
It was in this small municipality of 7,700 inhabitants, located a few kilometers from the Canada-US border, that two of its agents were called to go and subdue the Quebecer Francis Paradis on October 25th.
“The RCMP were contacted around midnight about a male with erratic behavior. He was trying to break into an ambulance station in Trail. Two police officers came to the scene. Until then, it was normal,” Sergeant Wicentowich told the Journal.
Officers then spotted Francis Paradis, 29, in a dark corner outside the ambulance station. Meanwhile, three paramedics stood aside and watched the operation. do with some patients. Mr. Paradis, however, had a hospital blanket on him. When the police started talking to him, he suddenly took off the blanket and showed his gun,” said Mike Wicentowich.
The Quebecer immediately began to fire several bullets in the direction of the two police officers and the three paramedics. Miraculously, no one was hit. “Our officers were close enough to him to use a conducted energy weapon in an effort to physically subdue the man. He was arrested on the spot,” said the sergeant.
Francis Paradis is therefore kept in detention until his appearance on November 2 in a court in British Columbia. He faces five counts, including discharging a firearm, possession of a firearm contrary to an order and assault with a weapon.
“He also had an accident with his vehicle a few hours earlier. This is the reason why he was taken to the hospital and found himself in this situation. We don't yet know all the circumstances of this case because he doesn't really answer us,” said Mr. Wicentowich.
He would have fled Quebec
According to our information, the 29-year-old Quebecer lives in Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, in Montérégie. A warrant was filed for his arrest on October 19 for charges related to an assault with a weapon on a woman.
Lisa Pasin mayor of Trail
Francis Paradis would have been on the run for a few days before causing a stir in British Columbia. Trail Mayor Lisa Pasin says she has never seen such a violent event in her town.
“I really hope this is a wake-up call for the community. provincial and federal. We need more funding for the RCMP, ambulances, our health care workers and people who have mental health issues,” concludes Ms. Pasin.
TheJournalattempted to contact members of the family of Francis Paradis on Saturday, but our interview requests were declined or ignored.
This is not the first time that the 29-year-old Quebecer has been criminally charged. In 2020, he was found guilty of manslaughter.
Francis Paradis was indeed involved in the death of Philippe Lareau, which occurred in August 2018. At the time, a fight between the two men had gone wrong at the Bar Le Petit Laurier located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Mr. Lareau had suffered a head injury. He died a week later in hospital. Mr. Paradis was later convicted of manslaughter in February 2020 and was sentenced to 11 months in prison.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128