August 15, 2014 4:27 pm
Updated: August 15, 2014 7:38 pm

Cop shooter Claude Forget re-arrested four months after release from prison


MONTREAL — Walter Filipas has spent the last 21 years recovering from a near-death experience.

The former Montreal police officer was shot twice in the face back in May 1993.

“He shot me once right under my right eye, and it came out a quarter of an inch from my spinal column,”  Filipas told Global News.

In 1994, Claude Forget was convicted of trying to kill not one but two police officers and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

This week, Filipas is reliving that nightmare because the man who shot him, 58-year-old Claude Forget, was re-arrested Wednesday for breaching one of his conditions.

The arrest comes four months after his release from jail.

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“He should stay in jail,” Filipas says.

“Authorities consider him a risk. I also consider him a risk.”

Claude Forget was in a Montreal courtroom Friday morning pleading with a judge to release him on bail.

He testified during the hearing telling the court he made a “small mistake”, later adding he is “trying to start a new life”.

As part of his conditions, Forget has to visit police station 15 in Verdun once a week.

On July 31st, he didn’t check in.

“He’s always respected his conditions.  He’s been polite and courteous with authorities,” defence lawyer Gunnar Dube says.

Crown prosecutor Francois Allard reminded the court about the suspect’s violent past.

A decision on bail is expected Monday morning.


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