Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man accused of trying to murder Montreal cop

Police remove a car, believed to be involved in an attack on an officer last week, for further examination, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL - The man accused of attempting to murder a Montreal police officer last January appeared briefly in court today and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Ali Ngarukiye appeared by video conference and his lawyer, Lloyd Fischler, requested a 30-day assessment to help determine the mental state of the accused at the time of the assault.

Ngarukiye, 21, faces several charges including attempted murder of Const. Sanjay Vig last Jan. 28 after the police officer was allegedly disarmed and fired upon with his service weapon.

The accused has since been charged with the murder of his cellmate in June at Montreal's detention centre.

He was arrested last March in Toronto in connection with the January assault on the officer for which police had initially arrested and detained Mamadi III Fara Camara for six days before releasing and exonerating him.

Camara has launched a $1.2-million lawsuit against the police force and prosecutors for his wrongful arrest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.

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