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Woman dead, Quebec police officer shot during domestic dispute call near Montreal

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Que. — A woman was killed and a Quebec provincial police officer is in hospital after being shot while responding to a conjugal violence call on Tuesday night southwest of Montreal.

October 4, 2017  By The Canadian Press

As police arrived at a home in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield for an apparent domestic dispute at about 9:30 p.m., a male suspect allegedly opened fire, hitting the officer at least once, Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau said Wednesday.

The officer was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but was reportedly doing better.

“He’s in a stable but serious condition, so we don’t fear for his life at this time,” Thibaudeau said.

The gunfire forced police to fall back from the home, located in a quiet residential neighbourhood about 65 kilometres outside of Montreal.


A standoff with the shooter ensued, and when a police tactical unit entered the home at about 2 a.m., they found the body of Johanne Chayer, 65, and the male suspect, 72, with undisclosed injuries.

Chayer was unconscious and later pronounced dead in hospital about 3 a.m.

The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital to be treated for those injuries.

Thibaudeau said the suspect is being questioned and could face charges that include murder, attempted murder and firearm-related offences.

All necessary help is being provided to the injured police officer, who is based out of the local provincial police detachment.

“It’s a difficult situation, everyone knows it’s a dangerous profession that has its risks no matter how you do it and how well you conduct (yourself),” Thibaudeau said.

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