Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid flowers Sunday afternoon at a memorial outside the Fredericton police station for two officers killed in a shooting on the city’s north side on Friday, as several officers and citizens looked on.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau met privately with the families of the fallen officers and other members of the Fredericton Police Force.
He was previously scheduled to be in New Brunswick’s capital city to participate in a Fredericton Pride social event Sunday night.
Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, were killed Friday while responding to reports of gunfire at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive in the city’s north end at 7:10 a.m. AT.
The officers, the first to arrive on scene, were trying to help two civilians who had been shot when they were gunned down.
Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, also died Friday.
Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, who is in custody, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to make a court appearance on Aug. 27.
Four people died from gunshot wounds in Fredericton’s north end last Friday, from the left: Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns 43, and Donald Adam Robichaud, 42. (Facebook/Fredericton Police Force)
There is a growing memorial of flowers, cards, balloons and teddy bears outside the Fredericton Police Force station to honour the fallen officers and express sympathy for the rest of the force.
“Your sorrow is our sorrow,” one of the cards states.
A regimental funeral will be held for Costello and Burns. The details “are forthcoming,” spokesperson Alycia Bartlett said in an email.
The Fredericton Police Force will not hold a news conference today to provide an update on the shooting “due to other considerations,” Bartlett said.
“We will be updating with any other relevant information when we can.”
Alex Browne,10, visits the memorial outside the police station with his father to leave a framed picture of Wonder Woman he drew to honour Const. Sara Burns. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)
The prime minister previously said he was moved by the heroism of the first responders who rushed to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired.
“They did not think twice about what they had to do to keep their fellow Canadians safe. They were unflinching in their duty,” he said in a statement to reporters.
“We will not forget the two fallen police officers whose sacrifice no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy.”
Trudeau also phoned New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant on Friday, promising federal assistance, including the services of RCMP investigators, to aid Fredericton police as they grapple with the aftermath of deadly shooting.
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