SUNDRE - The fatal shooting of two Edmonton police officers responding to a domestic violence call today is a tragedy for the province and a reminder of the extreme dangers that can be part of policing, says Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon.
“It is horrific and obviously my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the officers involved and the entire Edmonton police department,” Nixon said in an Albertan interview. “Being a police officer is a risky job and unfortunately today is a very sad reminder of that.
“Domestic violence is a serious situation in our society. My understanding is that that is the riskiest call for police officers. Despite what the call was, the fact is that police officers have lost their lives and are not going home to their families today. It’s an absolute tragedy.”
Constables Travis Jordan, 35, and Brett Ryan, 30, were killed when responding to a call in north Edmonton earlier today, March 16.
“The tragedy in Edmonton today is a stark reminder of the difficult and dangerous job that police officers across this country face,” Sperlie told the Albertan.
“On behalf of the Sundre RCMP I would like to offer our deepest heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of the fallen officers as well as to the Edmonton Police Service.”
Flags at the Olds Emergency Services building were lowered in tribute to the two Edmonton police officers killed.
“The flags at the emergency services station have been lowered as a sign of respect and tribute to the two Edmonton Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this morning,” the Town of Olds' protective services director Justin Andrew, who also serves as the Olds Fire Department chief, wrote in an email to the Albertan.
“We all stand in solidarity and mourn the loss of two professionals who made the ultimate sacrifice providing service to the public.”
- With files from Doug Collie