8 police officers killed on the job across Canada in the past 6 months

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2 Edmonton police officers shot and killed responding to domestic violence call
Edmonton Police Service Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, were killed while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex in the Inglewood neighbourhood. Kendra Slugoski, Sarah Reid and Morgan Black have team coverage on the noon news – Mar 16, 2023

Edmonton police said two patrol officers have been killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

Six other police officers have been killed in Canada since September 2022: five were in Ontario and one was in British Columbia.

Here’s a look at the cases and who they were, in reverse chronological order:

Edmonton, Alta: Const. Travis Jordan, 35 & Const. Brett Ryan, 30

Const. Travis Jordan, 35, who had been with EPS for 8.5 years; and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, who had been with the service for 5.5 years, were killed on duty on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Edmonton police service

Two Edmonton Police Service officers were shot and killed while responding to a family dispute at an apartment complex on March 16, and it’s believed the suspect killed himself.

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Police Chief Dale McFee said 35-year-old Const. Travis Jordan — an 8 1/2-year veteran — and 30-year-old Const. Brett Ryan — who had been with the service for 5 1/2 years — were shot when they arrived at the apartment in the Inglewood area shortly before 1 a.m.

McFee said it appears neither officer had a chance to draw their weapons.

The officers were rushed to hospital by colleagues who worked to keep them alive, said the chief said. They were declared dead at hospital.

He said it’s believed the suspect died of self-inflicted wounds, and a woman at the scene was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police gave no details on her possible relationship to the suspect or how she was injured.

Hagersville, Ont.: Const. Grzegorz Pierzchala, 28

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, OPP *MANDATORY CREDIT*

The Ontario Provincial Police has said Pierzchala was responding to a call for a vehicle in a ditch west of Hagersville, Ont., on Dec. 27 and was fatally shot in an ambush when he got there.

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Pierzchala had been with force for about a year and had been notified that he had passed his 10-month probation period hours before he died.

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He was previously a special constable at Queen’s Park who, as a boy, dreamed of joining the police ranks.

His colleagues have remembered him as a wonderful officer with “the biggest heart of gold you could ever imagine.”

Two people have been charged with first-degree murder in his death.

Burnaby, B.C.: Const. Shaelyn Yang, 31

RCMP Const. Shaelyn Yang is seen in this undated RCMP handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, B.C. RCMP

Yang was killed after being stabbed in Burnaby, B.C., on Oct. 18 while trying to issue an eviction notice to a man who had been living in a tent at a local park.

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During an altercation that led to her death, the mental health and homeless outreach officer for the RCMP shot the man and he survived.

Mounties in B.C. have described Yang as a kind, caring person who wanted to help people living with mental health issues and experiencing homelessness.

The Independent Investigations Office, British Columbia’s police watchdog, has said there are no reasonable grounds to believe Yang committed an offence.

The man has since been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Innisfil, Ont.: Const. Devon Northrup, 33, & Const. Morgan Russell, 54

Const. Devon Northrup (left) and Const. Morgan Russell are shown South Simcoe Police Service handout photos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-South Simcoe Police Service

South Simcoe Police Service constables Northup and Russell were killed on Oct. 11, 2022, after they responded to a disturbance call at an Innisfil, Ont., home.

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The Special Investigations Unit, the province’s police watchdog, has said neither officer drew their guns before they were shot.

It has said a 22-year-old man at the home shot the two officers and also died in the shooting.

Northup was remembered by his colleagues as a funny, kind and dedicated officer who served as a member of the mental health crisis outreach team.

Colleagues said Russell passed over promotions and delayed his retirement to keep working in a community he served for 33 years.

Russell was described as a mentor, who sat on the hiring panel that started Northrup’s career. He was also remembered as a disciplined officer who was trained in crisis negotiations.

Markham, Ont.: Const. Travis Gillespie, 38

York Regional Police Const. Travis Gillespie, aged 38, was killed in a crash on Sept. 14.
York Regional Police Const. Travis Gillespie, aged 38, was killed in a crash on Sept. 14. Handout / York Regional Police

Gillespie, an officer with York Regional Police, died in a car crash on his way to work on Sept. 14.

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Gillespie had been with the force for about two years and worked as a Metrolinx and GO Transit special constable before that.

He was remembered as a family man with a positive outlook, a great sense of humour and a lifelong commitment to serving communities.

His colleagues said he was someone who helped them become better at their jobs.

A 23-year-old Markham, Ont. man faces impaired driving charges in connection with the collision.

Mississauga, Ont.: Const. Andrew Hong, 48

Cst. Andrew Hong is seen in an undated handout image published to the Toronto Police Service social media account. Toronto Police Service Twitter

Police have said Hong was shot in an ambush on Sept. 12 at a Mississauga Tim Hortons while he was getting coffee for his colleagues on a lunch break.

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Many people who spoke at his funeral said the fact that he was on a coffee run was indicative of his generosity.

Loved ones described Hong as a natural teacher who not only taught his children various skills, but someone who also gave valuable lessons to his trainees in the motorcycle unit.

Investigators have said the man who killed Hong later shot three people at an auto body shop — killing two and injuring one — before being killed by police.

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