SQ officer who fatally shot teen near a schoolyard gets 4 years in jail

SQ officer who fatally shot teen near a schoolyard gets 4 years in jail
SQ officer who fatally shot teen near a schoolyard gets 4 years in jail

The judge said there were several aggravating factors: The officer knew how to handle a gun, fired two shots and opened fire in a busy schoolyard.

Published on: May 3, 2018 | Last Updated: May 3, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

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Éric Deslauriers, 46, was given his sentence at the Montreal courthouse Thursday morning.

A Sûreté du Québec officer convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a 17-year-old in 2014 has been sentenced to four years in prison. 

Éric Deslauriers, 46, was given his sentence at the Montreal courthouse Thursday morning. The sentence matches a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence. 

While delivering the sentence, Judge Joëlle Roy said there were several aggravating factors working against Deslauriers: that, as a police officer, he knew how to handle his gun, that he fired two shots, aimed for the victim’s head and shoulders and opened fire in a busy schoolyard in the middle of the day.

Roy also said Deslauriers showed no regret or remorse for the victim while briefly testifying during his sentencing hearing. 

On Jan. 22, 2014, Deslauriers, a Sûreté du Québec sergeant at the time, was on patrol in Ste-Adèle when he spotted a car he suspected was tied to a series of thefts from ATMs.

Deslauriers positioned his patrol car to block the vehicle, which turned out to have been stolen.

Deslauriers drew his service firearm and motioned to the him to lift his hands from the steering wheel. According to Roy’s decision delivered in September, the teen revved the engine and headed toward Deslauriers. The SQ officer fired two shots, including the fatal one that struck the victim’s neck as the car passed Deslauriers. 

The defence is appealing is Deslauriers’s conviction. In addition to the four-year prison term, he was also barred from owning any firearms for a 10-year period. 

This story will be updated. 

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