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post #31 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-24-2014, 08:49 AM
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Thoughts and prayers go with to the families of the slain and all Canadians.[/QUOTE]

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post #32 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 06:05 PM
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Our Sargent at Arms seems to be rather an action hero!

This is copied from: Sergeant-at-arms made daring dive to take down gunman: report | Ottawa Citizen

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The final moments of a gunmanís rampage at Parliament Hill may have been even more dramatic than previously acknowledged.

The narrative emerging on the Hill, sources confirmed Saturday, is one in which Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers stood with his back to a column in Centre Block, while gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was on the other side, close enough that Vickers could see the barrel of the gunmanís rifle.

While the facts of those chaotic moments are difficult to fully confirm, it is said that Vickers, 58, then dove and flipped onto his back, shooting upwards at the gunman as he fell to deliver the fatal shots to the man believed to have killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo earlier that morning.

The CBC, which first publicly reported these details, said Zehaf-Bibeau had a confrontation with security at the entrance of Centre Block, then ran down the Hall of Honour toward the Parliamentary Library, where he shot at doors.

Vickers, in his office metres away, heard the shots and grabbed his semi-automatic pistol, running toward the sound, the report said.

The sergeant-at-armsí team yelled that Zehaf-Bibeau was hiding in the alcove, and Vickers took cover at the pillar, where he was at armís length from the gunman, according to the CBC.

Spotting the barrel of the manís rifle, itís said Vickers dove to the floor, simultaneously firing his weapon upwards at Zehaf-Bibeau.

Bibeau was hit several times and fell, but Vickers kept firing. Meanwhile, the rest of the security team sprinted forward and opened fire.

No one other than Zehaf-Bibeau was hit in the exchange.

CBC said Vickers calmly got up after the firing was over and went back to his office to reload in case there were other suspects.

He then went to the Tory caucus room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his MPs had barricaded the roomís doors with chairs.

Inside the room, Vickers is said to have told the MPs that: ďI engaged the suspect and the suspect is deceased.Ē

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