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2 police killed in domestic dispute call in western Canada



EDMONTON, Alberta — Two police officers in western Canada were shot and killed Thursday while responding to a domestic dispute, and the suspected shooter died of self-inflicted wounds, police said. A woman at the scene was taken to hospital.

The officers were shot in the city of Edmonton when they arrived at an apartment building at around 12:47 a.m., and there was no indication the officers were able to get off any shots, Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee said.

McFee said the woman was in serious but stable condition. He said she is related to the suspect.

McFee identified the deceased officers as Travis Jordan, 35, a eight and a half year veteran of the Edmonton police, and Brett Ryan, 30, a five and a half year veteran of the force.

“I can’t tell you how devastated we are with their loss,” McFee said.

Ryan is being remembered as a pillar of the community and a longtime minor hockey referee. Darcy Carter, with the Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, said Ryan and his wife are expecting a child.

Ryan was a paramedic before he became a police officer, Carter said, adding the officer was passionate about his work.

“That’s something that I’ll never forget … just his face lighting up when he talked about his job,” Carter said.

Jordan was remembered as kind. In 2020, Jessica Shmigelsky was driving to work after a heavy spring snowfall. Her snowbrush had broken and Jordan pulled her over. Instead of giving her a ticket, he cleaned off her car.

“He did his job and he did more than what his job really entailed,” Shmigelsky said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences and support to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues.

“Every day, police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep people safe. The news that two ⁦‪Edmonton police‬⁩ officers have been killed in the line of duty reminds us of that reality,” Trudeau wrote.

The killings are the first among the Edmonton Police Service since 2015, when Const. Daniel Woodall, a hate crimes investigator, was using a battering ram to enter a residence when he was shot numerous times through the door. Another officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, was struck by a round that penetrated his body armor and survived.

Before that, Const. Ezio Faraone was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery in 1990.

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