Two Canadian police officers shot dead after responding to family dispute
Two police officers in Canada were killed while on duty as they responded to a domestic dispute.
The officers, whose names have not been released, responded to a “family dispute” in the Inglewood neighbourhood at around 1am MDT, Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee said during a press conference on Thursday.
Fellow officers transported the victims, aged 30 and 35, to the hospital but they were pronounced deceased shortly after. A female was also taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and has since been stabilised, The Guardian reported.
The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement.
“[They] went inside the building, approached the suite, and were shot by a young male suspect,” Mr McFee said.
“At this time, all indications are they did not have a chance to discharge their firearms,” he added. “These [officers] were doing their job. This is unthinkable. It’s not imaginable. It’s horrific. It’s a tragedy.”
Responding to the tragic news, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Every day, police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep people safe.”
“The news that two @EdmontonPolice officers have been killed in the line of duty reminds us of that reality. I’m sending my condolences to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues – we’re here for you.”