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A jury in Quebec has acquitted a man of first-degree murder in the deadly shooting of a Laval police officer who raided his home last year.
Basil Parasiris and his wife Penny Gounis leave the Longueuil courthouse after he was acquitted of murdering Const. Daniel Tessier. (Radio-Canada)Basil Parasiris was acquitted on Friday by a 12-person jury at the Longueuil courthouse, on Montreal's South Shore.
He was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Const. Daniel Tessier, who died after being shot three times last spring after he entered Parasiris's Brossard home with a battering ram during a botched drug raid.
The verdict means the jury believed Parasiris's self-defence argument was enough to raise a reasonable doubt about the charges.
The father of two insisted he believed his family was being attacked by home invaders when a police team swarmed their house on March 2, 2007.
Believing the invaders were going to harm him, his wife and his children, Parasiris testified he had no choice but to shoot.
It was only after Tessier was lying on the ground that Parasiris realized he was an officer, he told the court.