Two police officers were among the four people shot and killed Friday morning in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, police said.
Fredericton Police tweeted “one suspect” was in custody. It wasn’t immediately clear if authorities were seeking any other suspects. Police said the suspect was “being treated for serious injuries related to this morning’s shooting incident.”
Police later tweeted that “there is no further threat to the public, and lockdowns are not required at this time.” The department confirmed the crime scene was “contained” and they would be investigating.
The slain officers were identified as Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, officials said during a news conference.
Burns had been on the force for two years before previously serving as an auxiliary officer for another two years, police said. She leaves behind a husband and three children.
Costello was a 20-year veteran of the police department and leaves behind a partner and four children, police said.
Fredericton police responded to calls of shots fired around 7:10 a.m., Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet said. After arriving to the scene, officers saw two civilian victims on the ground before getting shot themselves.
The identities of the two slain civilians were not released, however Gaudet confirmed that they were an adult male and female.
The apprehended suspect is a 48-year-old male, Gaudet said.
Earlier Friday morning officials tweeted to caution residents to avoid Brookside Drive due to an “ongoing incident.” Later, police confirmed four people had been killed. It was not immediately clear what caused the shooting.
SOURCE: Kathleen Joyce