Edmonton police say two officers were shot and killed while responding to a family dispute at an apartment complex.
Police Chief Dale McFee says Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, were shot by a man when they arrived and did not have the chance to use their guns.
He says other officers rushed the two wounded officers to hospital, where they were pronounced died.
McFee says it’s believed the suspect died of self-inflicted wounds.
Today, the province mourns the loss of two police officers killed in the line of duty. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan,” said Premier Danielle Smith in a statement.
“Every day, police officers across Alberta put on their uniforms to step up to protect and serve our communities. The sudden and tragic deaths of these two Edmonton Police Service officers remind us again of the dangers police officers constantly face to ensure the safety of Albertans.
“Alberta’s government supports our police services to ensure they can perform their duties to keep our communities safe. Alberta would not be the great province it is today without the support of the courageous men and women who patrol our streets every day to keep our communities protected. The province is here to support the Edmonton Police Service during this tragic loss. To honour the service and dedication of these lost officers, the flags at the legislature will be lowered to half-mast.”
A woman at the scene was also taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and is in stable but serious condition.
McFee says the police service is devastated and condolences have been pouring in from other forces across the country.
Edmonton police say two patrol officers have been killed while responding to a call.
The force did not immediately release any details about what happened.
Police chief Dale McFee and other dignitaries are to make brief formal statements later today.
Police say further details will be released once they’re confirmed.
-With files from The Canadian Press