Edmonton officers Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan were killed when a teenager allegedly shot his mother and opened fire on police


A 16-year-old wounded his mother with a gun and then killed two police officers before taking his own life in western Canada early Thursday, officials told The Associated Press.

A police officer and a senior government official said the male suspect shot and injured his mother in Edmonton, Alberta. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity as no one was authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Earlier, Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee said the two officers were fatally shot when they arrived at an apartment building on a call about domestic disputes at around 12:47 a.m. He said there was no indication officers could return fire.

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Police are investigating the scene where two officers were shot dead on duty in Edmonton on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

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McFee said other officers dispatched to the home then found the young man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had said the shooter and the woman were related without saying how or how old the suspect was.

The boss said the woman was in a life-threatening condition when she was taken to hospital but was later listed in a serious but stable condition.

McFee identified the officers who died as Travis Jordan, 35, who had been with the Edmonton force 8 1/2 years, and Brett Ryan, 30, an officer 5 1/2 years.

“This is an extremely tragic day for the Edmonton Police Department and our city,” McFee said in a statement. “These officers gave their lives trying to protect our community. You will never be forgotten.”

Ellis said the officers’ names would be added to the memorial to fallen police officers for legislative reasons, the CBC reported.

Ryan will be remembered as a pillar of the community and a longtime youth league hockey umpire.

Darcy Carter of the Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association said the officer and his wife are expecting a child.

Ryan was a paramedic before becoming a cop and was passionate about the police force, Carter said. “That’s something I’ll never forget … just his beaming face as he spoke about his job.”

Jordan was remembered for his kindness.

Jessica Shmigelsky said she was driving to work after a heavy snowfall in spring 2020 and Jordan pulled her over because her snow brush wasn’t working. But instead of giving her a ticket, he cleaned her car, she said.

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

Ryan and Jordan were commemorated with a minute’s silence before Thursday night’s hockey game between the Stars and Oilers in Edmonton, with their photos projected onto the scoreboard.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences and support for the families and colleagues of the officers.

“Every day, police officers put themselves at risk to keep people safe. The news that two Edmonton police officers were killed on duty reminds us of that reality,” Trudeau wrote.

The killings are the first for the Edmonton Police Service since 2015, when Constable Daniel Woodall, a hate crime investigator, was shot multiple times while entering an apartment with a battering ram. Another officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, was hit by a bullet that penetrated his body armor but survived.

On Thursday, Woodall’s widow, Claire Woodall, offered her condolences to Ryan and Jordan’s families, the CBC reported.

“It understandably brought back painful memories,” she said. “I am saddened to believe that the families of the fallen officers will share the same sentiments again today.”

Before Woodall’s death, Constable Ezio Faraone was shot dead in 1990 while responding to an armed robbery.

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