Edmonton police officers Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan were killed in an apparent ambush by a 16-year-old boy on Thursday morning.
The officers were responding to a domestic dispute call when they arrived at the apartment suite and were shot multiple times by the teen suspect, who then shot his own mother before taking his own life.
According to Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Devin Laforce, there was no indication of violence when police responded to the call, and they didn’t know there was a gun in the home.
“It has since been confirmed that neither officer discharged their firearm, and it is apparent that they had no opportunity to respond to the threat that faced them,” said Laforce at a news conference.
The Edmonton police are also investigating whether the 16-year-old suspect is the same person who shot a Pizza Hut employee earlier in the week. The shooting at the restaurant occurred just a block away from where the officers were killed.
The deaths of Jordan and Ryan have left the Edmonton police force in mourning. “It’s a difficult day for us,” said Laforce. “It’s a difficult day for our families, and it’s a difficult day for our organization.”