Ottawa police officer Kal Ghadban takes own life at Elgin Street headquarters
Death of 'well-respected and well-loved' officer 'pains us all,' police chief says
An Ottawa police officer took his own life at police headquarters in downtown Ottawa on Sunday, the same day hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill to remember colleagues killed in the line of duty.
Those who have worked with him know him as an excellent example of a hard-working, dedicated officer who loved his job.- Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau
Police confirmed the officer who took his own life was 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban.
The incident took place Sunday at about 1 p.m. inside the police headquarters at 474 Elgin St.
In a media release issued later Sunday, Bordeleau said the force's thoughts and prayers are with Ghadban's family. He is survived by his wife and three children.
"I am saddened to report that a well-respected and well-loved member of our service died this afternoon after an incident at 474 Elgin. The news of his death pains us all," Bordeleau wrote. "Those who have worked with him know him as an excellent example of a hard-working, dedicated officer who loved his job.
"Today we are working to ensure that [his family is] supported. We are also ensuring supports are in place for all of our members and our loved ones."
Ghadban was with the break and enter and guns and gangs unit of Ottawa police and had worked on several high-profile investigations, including the break-in this summer at the Ottawa home of federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
He had also participated in the Ottawa Human Library project, and in that role talked to CBC about how a brief brush with the law when he was 10-years old had inspired him to become a police officer.
The province's Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate and is handling the investigation.
Here are a few local resources available.
- Ottawa Distress Centre line: 613-238-3311.
- Mental Health Crisis Line: (Ages 16 and up) 613-722-6914.
- Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line for Eastern Ontario: 1-877-377-7775