An officer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was fatally shot, and two others were injured during an operation to serve an arrest warrant in Coquitlam, a suburb approximately 18 miles east of Vancouver, authorities confirmed. The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia said the incident occurred during an altercation with a male suspect in his mid-20s, who was also shot and is currently hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald of the Surrey RCMP identified the deceased officer as Constable Rick O’Brien, a 51-year-old married father, who was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the injured officers has been released from the hospital, while the other is still receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Eyewitness Carley Hodges described a chaotic situation in which one officer was given CPR before being placed in an ambulance, another officer had a tourniquet applied to a leg wound, and a man was taken away in handcuffs.
The City of Pitt Meadows expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and local officers, acknowledging the loss of an RCMP officer. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the investigation, while the Independent Investigations Office will review the officers’ actions.