“But it was when he was told he was being arrested later that evening that Gulick went ballistic.”
“Sgt. James Heafy said a tense but overall calm situation quickly became a “life-or-death struggle” as Gulick fought back.”
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Violent cop acted ‘superhuman’Constable pleads guilty to discreditable conduct at hearing
By SCOTT TAYLOR, QMI Agency
OTTAWA – A police disciplinary hearing heard dramatic testimony yesterday about Const. Jeff Gulick’s violent conduct in May 2008.Gulick pleaded guilty yesterday to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.
He had previously been found guilty of assaulting a police officer, uttering threats to cause bodily harm, escaping lawful custody and mischief after officers tried to arrest him at his home May 22, 2008.
In an agreed statement of facts, Gulick became violently angry after failing his use of force requalification. After swearing at instructors, Gulick went home and, before other officers arrived, overturned furniture, stabbed a couch and wall with a butcher knife, punched a picture frame and fought with his wife.
The hearing was told Gulick was on anti-depressants and had consumed half a bottle of Scotch.
But it was when he was told he was being arrested later that evening that Gulick went ballistic.
Sgt. James Heafy said a tense but overall calm situation quickly became a “life-or-death struggle” as Gulick fought back.
“He started grabbing at my right side and I could feel my holster and gunbelt being pulled.”
Gulick threatened to kill his fellow cops as he struggled with what Const. Michael O’Reilly said was “superhuman” strength.
Gulick was finally overcome after being shocked with a Taser by one of four officers who had joined the fight.
Gulick was taken to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus emergency room, but when they arrived Gulick had shed both wrist and ankle cuffs and bolted across Carling Ave. to the Experimental Farm, where he once again was shot with a Taser.
O’Reilly said the situation had “gone as sideways as it can go.”
Earlier yesterday, a female police officer testified she feels like an outcast among fellow officers as a result of her involvement and subsequent testimony in Gulick’s disciplinary hearing.
Sgt. Holly Watson said she’s heard “through the rumour mill” that fellow officers support Gulick and there “was never any support for the four of us who were assaulted (by Gulick during the arrest).”
Watson added she has received no support from the Police Association either. She also testified that she still worries about where Gulick is when she goes to her car after work.
Police Chief Vern White is scheduled to testify today.