Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers and two civilians in Fredericton Friday.
The 48-year-old was charged on Saturday. He is accused of killing two police officers — Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43 — and Fredericton residents, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.
Police said Raymond will remain in custody. His next scheduled court appearance is set for Aug. 27.
In a Saturday morning tweet, the Horizon Health Network said the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton had received one trauma patient and four fatalities after the shooting.
On Friday, Horizon Health said in a tweet that the hospital was “treating multiple victims of today’s shooting.”
In a separate tweet, the health agency asked the public to stay away from the emergency room unless necessary.
CBC News has asked Horizon Health Network for clarification about the number of injured people and whether any restrictions apply to going to the ER, but has not heard back.
From left: Lawrence Robert Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Sara Burns died in Friday’s shooting. (Fredericton Police Force/Facebook)
Costello and Burns were shot after being the first officers to respond to a call about shots being fired at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive in the city’s north end at 7:10 a.m. AT.
Eyewitnesses said they heard dozens of shots.
Martin Gaudet, deputy chief of the Fredericton Police Force, said the officers who died were shot as they approached two civilians who were on the ground.
Flowers, teddy bears and messages of support are piling up outside the police station in Fredericton. (Gabrielle Fahmy/CBC)
A perimeter was set up and the neighbourhood was sealed off while residents were told to stay inside.
At 9:30 a.m., police entered an apartment and arrested Raymond. A window on the top floor of the building showed holes left by tear gas canisters.
Police declared the threat to the neighbourhood over at about 11 a.m.
RCMP handling homicide investigation
Ross White, chief superintendent of the New Brunswick RCMP, said the major crimes division assisted local police in the investigation Friday. The Mounties will take over the homicide investigation.
RCMP issued a news release Friday evening asking the public for photos and videos of the shooting to assist the investigation. A link was provided for files to be uploaded anonymously.
Meanwhile, police officers from other agencies across the province will be patrolling the city in the coming days and weeks to provide some relief to the force.Read more