Reaction to Moncton RCMP shooting

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RCMP officer Damien Theriault holds back tears while addressing the media during a press conference at City Hall in Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

Reaction from Prince Edward Island and beyond to the Moncton manhunt:

 

“On behalf of the government and people of Prince Edward Island, I want to extend our deep sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the three RCMP officers who were fatally shot last night in Moncton.

The people of our neighbouring city of Moncton are facing another day of uncertainty and fear, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. Police and first responders are trained to handle emergency situations with professionalism, and I want to remind Islanders to respect the directions issued by the RCMP and avoid sharing unsubstantiated information,” – Premier Robert Ghiz

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“It it our sincerest hope that the ongoing situation in Moncton is resolved quickly and that no one else is injured or killed. We would like the City of Moncton to know that they are in our thoughts. If there is anything we can do, we encourage Moncton to reach out and let us know,” – Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.

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“We are all in mourning for this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the events in Moncton,” – Mike Redmond, leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island.

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“Sophie and I offer our profound condolences to the families of the three RCMP officers who were killed and to the officers who were injured last night. We are thankful to hear that these two officers are now in stable condition and we wish them both strength and speed in their recoveries,” – Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau.

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“The shock of what is going on in Moncton is being felt by everyone. We want Moncton to know we are standing behind them. We will assist in any way we can,” – Charlottetown Police Chief Paul Smith.

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“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by this tragedy. We also offer our prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured.
This violent incident is a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities.
The sacrifice of these brave officers will be honoured and remembered.
Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones in their time of need. This is a sad time for the people of Moncton, the people of New Brunswick and for Canada,” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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“I am shocked and profoundly saddened to learn about the shooting in Moncton last night.  My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the RCMP officers who lost their lives and those injured in this horrific incident. It is a tragic reminder of the dangers police face as they perform an important public service protecting our communities.” — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

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“Never in my darkest dreams did I ever think that we would be facing what we’re facing today in Moncton. Moncton has always been a special community. If this can happen in Moncton, it can happen anywhere.” — Mayor George LeBlanc.

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“My heart goes out to the families of the fallen officers and the wounded officers as well. My heart goes out to the community right now, to the families who are locked down and I can’t imagine the feeling that people are going through.” — New Brunswick Premier David Alward.

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“Those who wear the colours of the RCMP understand the risks of the uniform, but defend our communities time and again with bravery and courage. Today, we remember the sacrifice of these three officers, a tragic loss we all feel. On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our sincerest condolences to their family and friends, as well as wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.”  — Gov. Gen David Johnston.

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“While the Saint John Police Force and other police services in New Brunswick have our own jurisdictions and often our own unique solutions, in matters of principles and values, we are as one. An attack against members of the Codiac RCMP is an attack against all police in New Brunswick.” — Bruce Connell, deputy chief of the police department in Saint John, N.B.

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“The U.S. mission to Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian friends in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during this trying time. We are grateful for their service.” — Bruce Heyman, U.S. ambassador to Canada.

 

 

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Saint John Police Force

Geographic location: Moncton, New Brunswick, U.S. Canada Saint John

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  • Frank Law
    June 06, 2014 - 05:55

    Sadly, this tragedy could have been avoided. Unlike the 'Day of Retribution' type massacre so common in the US of A, this was an unfortunate instance where things escalated and quickly spiraled out of control. I'd put it down to over-reaction from all involved. This guy, with a latent distrust for authority was just passing through a back area, probably on his way to a hunting trip which he has been known to do. The residents in calling RCMP set up a deadly showdown. In my view, a softly softly approach would have averted this tragedy. In the final analysis, nobody's to blame but I only wished a softly-softly approach such as that adopted when he was eventually arrested, had been taken by all concerned, including the gunman and the RCMP! A lotta lives could have been saved.

    • seriously
      June 06, 2014 - 10:53

      This nut-case was walking through residential areas, heavily armed.... and you want to blame everyone else for the actions of this sick, twisted murderer? Get a grip! Approach him softly! He massacred 3 people and injured 2! What planet are you on?

    • Frank Law
      June 07, 2014 - 05:17

      @seriously. I work in law enforcement and using force is always a last resort. I can't tell you the number of times I feel a potential tragedy had been averted because good sense prevailed. In my view, this case is certainly NOT in the same mold of the 'Day of Retribution' massacres that happens so often in the States. I said everybody's not to blame. However, if the resident in the car had not called RCMP just because he saw the gunman whose "look" made his blood go cold, this tragedy would have been averted. What sort of assessment is that. A man who dresses like that on his way to hunting game as he was often wont to do, makes your blood go cold? Because of his prejudices, this tragedy came about. Again, if a negotiator was called instead of approaching him with guns drawn, things could have turned out differently. In the final analysis, this is a classic case where everyone involved over-reacted!