The tragic deaths of two Edmonton Police officers left the city in shock and mourning on Thursday. Constables Brett Ryan and Travis Jordan died while responding to a call at an apartment complex in northwest Edmonton.
The incident occurred early in the morning, and the suspect, who was reportedly armed, took his own life after fatally shooting both officers. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) immediately launched an investigation into the incident and offered condolences to the families of the fallen officers.
The tragic news was met with an outpouring of support and condolences from across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to express his condolences, saying, “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.”
Other political leaders, including Alberta Premier Daniells Smith and Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, echoed Trudeau’s sentiments. Both the Premier and Mayor offered their deepest condolence and ordered flags lowered at half mass.
The tragedy also brought an outpouring of support from members of the public, many of whom took to social media to offer their condolences and express their gratitude for the sacrifice made by police officers. The EPS also received support from other police departments and law enforcement agencies across Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued a statement offering condolences and saying, “Our hearts go out to the families and colleagues of the two @EdmontonPolice officers who were killed in the line of duty this morning. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee spoke at a news conference on Thursday afternoon, where he paid tribute to the fallen officers. “Constables Jordan and Ryan were valued members of our EPS family and they worked side by side with us every day in service to our community, and I can’t tell you how devastated we are with their loss,” he said.
The EPS is now working to support the families of the officers and their colleagues in the aftermath of the tragedy. The incident is a reminder of the dangers faced by police officers every day and the sacrifices they make to keep our communities safe.
The loss of Constables Brett Ryan and Travis Jordan is a tragedy that has deeply impacted the city of Edmonton and the entire country. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten, and their service to their community will be remembered with gratitude and respect.