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Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador To Ireland, Grabs Protester At 1916 Event

05/26/2016 11:15 EDT | Updated 05/27/2016 09:59 EDT

kevin vickers protester Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers, right, subdues a protester in Dublin on Thursday. (Photo: Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

The man who was hailed as a hero after the Parliament Hill shooting in 2014 doesn't seem to be taking a break from being a badass.

Kevin Vickers, the former sergeant-at-arms who shot Michael Zehaf Bibeau, was at a ceremony in Dublin Thursday commemorating British soldiers who died in 1916, according to the Irish Independent.

According to an eyewitness, a protester at the event "just ran forward and started screaming 'It's a disgrace'."

Vickers then "without hesitation" grabbed the man or, as The Journal reports, "bear-hugged" him until guards stepped in to make an arrest.

A video and photos of the incident quickly spread on social media.

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Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers, right, wrestles with a protester during a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday. (Photo: Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Vickers, who received a standing ovation in Parliament for his bravery during the Ottawa shooting, was praised on Twitter for his actions at the event.

"Listen world, don't mess with Kevin Vickers," wrote Conservative MP Michelle Rempel.



A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said Vickers, 59, was not injured in the incident and would not be doing media interviews about the altercation.

Vickers served 29 years as an RCMP officer.

With files from The Canadian Press

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