The shooter of two Edmonton police officers was known to law enforcement
A 16-year-old teenager killed two police officers on Thursday. Edmonton before taking his own life.
Police are investigating the scene where two police officers were shot in the line of duty in Edmonton on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
The 16-year-old who killed two Edmonton police officers before killing themselves on Thursday was known to law enforcement, the Edmonton City Police Service (EPS) said. Police are reporting at least one incident related to the mental health of the suspect.
Previous incidents between the 16-year-old and police were not criminal in nature, Edmonton City Police Department Deputy Chief of Investigations Devin Laforce said at a press conference Friday after -noon.
On the other hand, one of the incidents involving the young suspect in the tragedy has been categorized as a mental health complaint, but the Superintendent of the Criminal Investigations Division for EPS, Shane Perka, has no further information on the complaint.
No warrant or search notice was placed against him before the facts, said EPS.
Police officers Brett Ryan (left) and Travis Jordan (right), were shot and killed in the line of duty in Edmonton on Thursday, March 16, 2023.< /p>
The police would also have already intervened at the address where the tragedy took place and she confirms that it was the shooter's mother who called 911, because she was having difficulties with her child.
< p class="e-p">There was nothing to indicate [evidence] of violence or weapons present with the initial information, said Criminal Investigations Division Superintendent Shane Perka.
< p class="e-p">The 55-year-old mother is in critical but stable condition in hospital. The latter is in no condition to answer the police's questions.
The shooter's father, a 73-year-old man, is cooperating with the police. However, he would have been in another room of the apartment and would not have seen the original argument or the events with the officers, Shane Perka said.
The Officers Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan responded to a call for a domestic dispute at 12:47 a.m. March 16 at an apartment complex at the corner of 114th Avenue and 132nd Street.
Police first encountered the suspect's mother outside the building. They then proceeded to the unit where the suspect and the father were.
Police say the suspect fired multiple shots at officers immediately upon their arrival at the apartment. Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan would thus have found themselves in a state of incapacity. Both men were wearing bulletproof vests.
A struggle between the mother and the shooter reportedly erupted before the teenager turned his gun on himself and took his own life.
Everything would have happened very quickly, according to Davin Laforce. None of the police officers used their weapon.
The investigation into the circumstances of the deaths of the two officers and the shooter continues and is still at an early stage, insisted the Deputy head of the investigation office. For example, the EPS tries to determine the source of the weapon used by the shooter.
The Alberta Response Team Serious Incident Response (ASIRT) is also assisting the EPS investigation, as the 16-year-old suspect died in the presence of police.
Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan were pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Autopsies on the two officers killed in the line of duty will take place this weekend. That of the suspect will take place on Wednesday.