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Niagara police sergeant charged with perjury

Concerns regarding his testimony were raised during a September 2021 trial stemming from infamous 'blue on blue' shooting in Pelham
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A Niagara police sergeant has been charged with perjury — the latest chapter in a high-profile saga that began when one officer shot another during a traffic investigation in Pelham four years ago.

Sergeant Shane Donovan was arrested yesterday by the Hamilton Police Service.

Below is the full press release from the Niagara Regional Police Service:

On Nov. 29, 2018, two Niagara Regional Police Service officers were involved in an on-duty altercation in the Town of Pelham, which led to shots being fired and one officer struck and injured.

Subsequent investigations by the Special Investigations Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police led to criminal charges being laid against both officers.

On Nov. 22, 2019 charges against Sergeant Shane Donovan were withdrawn by the Crown.

On Sept. 13, 2021, the trial commenced for Constable Nathan Parker, at which time Sergeant Donovan was called as a Crown witness. During the officer’s testimony, concerns were raised that Sergeant Donovan may not have been truthful in his testimony. 

On Dec. 20, 2021, the Crown ultimately stayed the criminal charges.

In the interest of conducting an independent and impartial investigation, the Hamilton Police Service was requested by the Niagara Regional Police Service to undertake a criminal investigation regarding allegations of perjury.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, the Hamilton Police Service concluded their investigation and arrested NRPS Sergeant Shane Donovan.

Sergeant Donovan is facing the following charge:
    •    One count of perjury, contrary to Section 132 of the Criminal Code

Donovan was released an Officer-in-Charge Undertaking, with a first appearance Court Date of Dec. 12, 2022, in the City of Hamilton.