Suspect shot in Lévis after attacking police officer

Suspect shot in Lévis after attacking police officer

(Quebec) Alexandre Beaupré-Asselin, a repeat offender aged 28, was shot and wounded Thursday morning at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis after swinging an iron bar at the policeman of the Municipal Police of Lévis who had the responsibility of escorting him to the Québec courthouse for an appearance.

Beaupré-Asselin was arrested Wednesday following an investigation on drugs and robbery and was to appear an answer to extortion and assault charges. A minor had confessed to police that he was forced to hand over money to the accused, who threatened him with a gun and knife.

Kept in detention, the Lévis native began to show odd behavior during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, inflicting upon himself several injuries. He was then taken to the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis to receive care.

The police officers who were to lead the accused to the Québec courthouse however had a nasty surprise when they went to his room Friday morning around 11am and were attacked by Beaupré-Asselin, who had found an iron bar in the hospital.

“The other officer then fired at the suspect to stop the threat,” says Christine Coulomb, spokesperson of the Sûreté du Québec, who has been given the independent investigation on this issue by the Minister of Public Security.

Neither the officer’s life nor that of the suspect is in danger. Beaupré-Asselin, however, has not been able to appear and answer to the latest charges against him. The man already has a long legal history. In 2011 he was sentenced to two years minus a day in prison for sexually exploiting a 17 year old girl, with whom he had had sexual relations in various hotel establishments.

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