clear
Tuesday December 18th, 2018 2:20PM

Shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead, including 2 police

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TORONTO (AP) — A shooting in a small Canadian city Friday that left four people dead, including two police officers who were responding to a call of shots fired, struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.

People in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick in the eastern part of the country, said they heard as many as 20 gunshots following a confrontation that prompted police to initially cordon off a large section of the city with emergency vehicles and order residents to remain inside their homes and businesses.

Finally, after a tense period of waiting, authorities disclosed the toll: Among the four killed were two officers, a rare case of police killed in the line of duty in Canada.

Fredericton's deputy police chief Martin Gaudet said the two officers arrived at the apartment complex and saw two deceased civilians before being shot and killed themselves.

Gaudet says a 48-year old man with serious injuries was arrested. They didn't identify him.

No motive has been disclosed for the shooting.

Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch identified the officers killed as Sara Burns, 43, who was married with three children, and 45-year-old Robb Costello who had a common law partner and four children. The two civilians killed, a man and a woman, were not identified.

Costello was a 20-year veteran of the force. Burns had been on the force for two years.

Several other victims were being treated at a regional hospital, but there were no immediate details on the nature of their injuries or their conditions.

"Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two brave police officers," Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien said in a tweet.

The entire province of New Brunswick had 11 homicides in 2016.

In Fredericton, a city of about 60,000 residents, people said they were stunned by the scene, which occurred as people were heading to work or dropping children at a day care center not far from the apartment complex where the shooting took place.

"This is the first time I've even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city," said Travis Hrubeniuk, whose fiancee had just left their home when the sirens began.

Bill Henwood, a funeral director at York Funeral Home, whose business is located inside the cordoned off area on Brookside Drive, said people sat in their cars or were just standing near the blockade of police and fire vehicles "hanging tight and waiting for word" for news.

"It's not something that we expect in Fredericton to wake up and hear about," Henwood said. "To see that there's actually fatalities is pretty extraordinary for this area."

The shooting comes as Canada wrestles with a string of violence, including an instance in Toronto last month where a man with a handgun opened fire in a crowded part of the city, killing two people and wounding 13 before he either shot himself or was killed by police.

In April, a man who linked himself to a misogynistic online community used a van to run down pedestrians in a busy part of Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

Authorities are still pursuing leads in an ongoing investigation of a serial killer who has been charged with killing eight men in the city in recent years.

In 2014, a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick left three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead and two wounded.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Macron, Putin talk about hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker
French President Emmanuel Macron has told Russian President Vladimir Putin about his concern for a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on a hunger strike in a Siberian prison.
11:37AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return
More than a thousand firefighters battled to keep a raging Southern California forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods Friday before the expected return of blustery winds that drove the flames to new ferocity a day earlier
11:33AM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Kevin Kisner with early birdie binge at PGA
Kevin Kisner made six birdies and shot 29 on his opening nine of Friday's second round at the PGA Championship, moving him atop the leaderboard at 9 under for the tournament
11:29AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Prosecutors to rest case at Manafort financial fraud trial
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case on Friday
11:02AM ( 51 minutes ago )
Kansas governor's aide: Kobach promise on count not enough
An aide to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says Secretary of State Kris Kobach's promise to remove himself from further counting in their contested Republican primary race is not enough
11:01AM ( 52 minutes ago )
St. Louis DA win latest victory for Black Lives Matter
Ouster of veteran St. Louis prosecutor latest victory for Black Lives Matter voters, activists focused on the ballot
11:00AM ( 53 minutes ago )
AP National News
APNewsBreak: Outsourcing critic's brand sells foreign parts
Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun rails against foreign outsourcing on the campaign trail, even as his own company continues to sell its trademarked brand of auto accessories, many of which are made in China
9:47AM ( 2 hours ago )
Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions
The Russian prime minister has sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, warning that Russia will strike back with economic, political and "other" means
9:11AM ( 2 hours ago )
Texas lockup is epicenter of family immigration detention
The Dilley family immigration lockup in rural south Texas has become an epicenter for immigration policies that the Trump administration has looked to tighten
9:01AM ( 2 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Macron, Putin talk about hunger-striking Ukraine filmmaker
French President Emmanuel Macron has told Russian President Vladimir Putin about his concern for a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on a hunger strike in a Siberian prison.
11:37AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Firefighters battle to curb wildfire before winds return
More than a thousand firefighters battled to keep a raging Southern California forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods Friday before the expected return of blustery winds that drove the flames to new ferocity a day earlier
11:33AM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: Kevin Kisner with early birdie binge at PGA
Kevin Kisner made six birdies and shot 29 on his opening nine of Friday's second round at the PGA Championship, moving him atop the leaderboard at 9 under for the tournament
11:29AM ( 25 minutes ago )
The Latest: Judge in Manafort case calls extended recess
Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case on Friday
11:12AM ( 42 minutes ago )
The Latest: Jordan Spieth gets wet at PGA Championship
Jordan Spieth's ball found the hazard to the right of the 17th hole, then he took out his frustration by side-arming it right back into the creek.
11:07AM ( 47 minutes ago )