WATCH ABOVE: The funeral procession for RCMP Const. Wynn in St. Albert
EDMONTON – While thousands of people lined the streets in St. Albert for RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral procession, law enforcement from across Canada also showed support.
Several RCMP detachments from coast to coast had members in St. Albert for Monday’s procession and regimental funeral. About 2,000 members were in St. Albert for the procession and funeral.
Global News is livestreaming the funeral service at 2 p.m. MT. It’s also being broadcast live on Global Edmonton and Shaw TV.
In addition, a number of police forces had officers there, including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halton and Saskatoon. Firefighters from Calgary were also in attendance.
Meanwhile, at RCMP D Division in Winnipeg, officers held a moment of silence Monday. In Surrey, B.C., a procession was scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. PT.
Wynn was shot while investigating a vehicle theft in the community just outside Edmonton on Jan. 17. Police said it was a routine licence plate check that led to 42-year-old Wynn being critically injured in a confrontation at the Apex Casino in St. Albert.
Wynn and Auxiliary Cst. Derek Bond, 49, had just identified a truck with licence plates that didn’t match registration, when 34-year-old Shawn Maxwell Rehn fired at the officers at close range. Wynn was shot in the head; Bond was hit in the arm and torso. Rehn’s body was later found at a nearby residence, dead of an apparent suicide.
Both officers were rushed to hospital, where Bond was released that night. Wynn never regained consciousness. His family made the decision to take him off life support last Monday. In a gut-wrenching news conference that night, his wife said the family was “saying their goodbyes.” Wynn died in hospital on Wednesday morning.