Canadian police: 2 of 4 dead in shooting are officers

Associated Press

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (August 10, 2018) — Four people, including two police officers, were shot to death in an apartment complex in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. 

Fredericton police said they are not releasing the names of the slain officers yet.

Justin Mclean, who lives in the complex, said he tried to help.

"I just woke up and heard gunshots and I looked outside my window. There was basically three dead people laying there. It wasn't a pretty sight," Mclean told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

"The cops were trying to put one of the officers into the vehicle so they could take him out to safety."

He said there had been fights in the apartment complex, but never anything like this.

David MacCoubrey, who also lives in the complex, said he heard about 20 shots and hid on his kitchen floor

"I'm on my floor," he said in a phone interview. "The cops have come through my place. They have searched all the apartments in the building. It sounded like it started in the courtyard area."

He awoke in his apartment on Brookside Drive around 7 a.m. local time to the sound of three gunshots 33 feet (10 meters) from his bed.

MacCoubrey said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex.

He said police have been searching the buildings, and he's been sitting away from windows.

In 2014, a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick left three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead and two wounded.

Fredericton has a population of about 58,000 and is located just northeast of Maine.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families. "During this difficult time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe," said Gallant.

 

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