Cana­di­ans charge sus­pect in 4 deaths

Probe seek­ing to link gun­man with cou­ple who died

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - NATION & WORLD -

TORONTO — Cana­dian po­lice charged a man Sat­ur­day for the deaths of two po­lice of­fi­cers and two civil­ians in a shoot­ing that struck a nerve in a coun­try that has been roiled in re­cent months by sev­eral in­stances of mass vi­o­lence.

Po­lice in the east­ern city of Fred­er­ic­ton, New Brunswick, said Matthew Vin­cent Ray­mond, 48, was ar­rested and charged with four counts of first­de­gree mur­der.

Hori­zon Health, which de­liv­ers care for New Brunswick’s Depart­ment of Health, said Ray­mond was the only per­son be­ing treated for in­juries re­lated to the shoot­ing. He is due to ap­pear in court Aug. 27.

The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as po­lice Con­sta­ble Robb Costello, 45; Con­sta­ble Sara Burns, 43; Don­nie Ro­bichaud, 42; and Bob­bie-Lee Wright, 32.

Ro­bichaud and Wright were in a re­la­tion­ship, ac­cord­ing to Face­book and Ro­bichaud’s cousin, Sean Cal­la­han, who said they had just got­ten to­gether at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust.

No mo­tive has been dis­closed, and po­lice said they were work­ing to de­ter­mine a link be­tween the gun­man and the cou­ple.

Po­lice said Costello and Burns were re­spond­ing to calls of shots fired at an apart­ment com­plex and saw two dead civil­ians be­fore be­ing shot and killed them­selves.

Fred­er­ic­ton po­lice Chief Leanne Fitch said Ray­mond used a long gun and was in an el­e­vated po­si­tion when he fired. Fitch said he was shot by po­lice and was in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Ju­dith Aguilar, an of­fice man­ager for Sun­field Apart­ment Rentals, said Ray­mond lived in the com­plex for about four months and was an avid cy­clist who of­ten came to pay his rent in cash while wear­ing a bike hel­met.

“He seemed like a very nor­mal and pleas­ant per­son, re­ally,” she said. “He’s tall and was in fairly good shape be­cause he biked ev­ery­where.”

At one point, she said work­ers needed to do some work in his apart­ment and he didn’t want them there while he wasn’t present.

“He seemed con­cerned. He said he had an ex­pen­sive com­puter and an ex­pen­sive bike,” she said. “They didn’t even have to go all the way into the apart­ment; they were just fixing his door frame at the time.”

Res­i­dents were stunned by the episode, which took place in a city of 60,000 that last saw a homi­cide in 2014.

But the shoot­ing came as Canada wres­tles with a string of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing an in­stance in Toronto last month when a man with a hand­gun opened fire in a crowded part of the city, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing 13 be­fore he died in the con­fronta­tion.

In April, a man who linked him­self to a misog­y­nis­tic on­line com­mu­nity used a van to run down pedes­tri­ans in a busy part of Toronto, killing 10 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 14.

Au­thor­i­ties are also still pur­su­ing leads in an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a se­rial killer who has been charged with the homi­cides of eight men in the city in re­cent years.

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

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Flow­ers were placed on a me­mo­rial out­side the po­lice sta­tion in Fred­er­ic­ton, New Brunswick, on Sat­ur­day. Two city of­fi­cers were among four peo­ple who died in the shoot­ing.

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