A 55-year-old woman fought to get the gun away from her son and was shot herself after he killed two Edmonton Police Service officers who were responding to a domestic violence call in their home overnight Thursday.
The police service provided an update Friday on the investigation into the circumstances around the deaths of Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, and addressed questions about whether the gunman was also behind a brutal shooting at a Pizza Hut across the street.
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On Thursday at 12:47 a.m., the EPS officers were shot and killed when responding to a domestic violence call at Baywood Apartments — a large complex of three-storey red-brick walk-ups at 114 Avenue and 132 Street, just off Groat Road near Westmount Mall in the Inglewood neighbourhood.
When the two officers arrived, they were met outside of the complex by the suspect’s mother, who called 911.
In their Friday update, police said she was having difficulty with her son and the officers were responding to help with the domestic dispute.
“Family fights are one of the most dangerous responses police do,” said Devin Laforce, the deputy chief of the EPS’ investigations bureau.
“There’s so many variables and dynamics that occur in that situation that you just never know.”
After meeting the mother outside, the two officers went up to the suite where she lived with a 73-year-old man and their 16-year-old son.
Immediately upon arriving at the suite, both officers were shot multiple times by the 16-year-old and were “immediately incapacitated.”
Police said neither officer had time to draw and fire their own guns and they never made it
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