Shoot­ing leaves 4 dead, in­clud­ing 2 po­lice of­fi­cers

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS/FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

A shoot­ing in a small Cana­dian city Friday that left four peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers who were re­spond­ing to a call of shots fired, struck a nerve in a coun­try that has been roiled in re­cent months by sev­eral in­stances of mass vi­o­lence.

Peo­ple in Fred­er­ic­ton, the cap­i­tal of New Brunswick in the east­ern part of the coun­try, said they heard as many as 20 gun­shots fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion that prompted po­lice to ini­tially cor­don off a large sec­tion of the city with emer­gency ve­hi­cles and or­der res­i­dents to re­main in­side their homes and busi­nesses.

Fi­nally, af­ter a tense pe­riod of wait­ing, au­thor­i­ties dis­closed the toll: Among the four killed were two of­fi­cers, a rare case of po­lice killed in the line of duty in Canada.

Fred­er­ic­ton’s deputy po­lice chief Martin Gaudet said the two of­fi­cers ar­rived at the apart­ment com­plex and saw two de­ceased civil­ians be­fore be­ing shot and killed them­selves. Gaudet says a 48-year old man with se­ri­ous in­juries was ar­rested. They didn’t iden­tify him.

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