Two police officers killed in Fredericton were responding to shots fired report

Police Chief Leanne Fitch released the names of officer shot while responding to a shooting in progress at an apartment building.

Fredericton, New Brunswick – Two police officers gunned down early Friday morning were  responding to a shots fired report in a Fredericton apartment building.

The dead police officers were identified as Sara Burns, 43. She had been on the force only two years. She leaves behind her husband and three children.

The other officer named was Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, a 20-year veteran who had worked on several police teams.  He leaves behind his partner and four children.

Officer Costello – veteran cop shot dead. Police photo
Officer Sara Burns shot dead in Fredericton. Police photo.

It appears that the other two civilian victims had been shot prior to the shooting of the two officers. Police entered an apartment after 9 a.m. and a wounded suspect was taken into custody. The suspect is being treated and his condition is unknown.

A somber-looking Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch released the names of the two officers. She said the names of the dead civilians cannot be disclosed at this time.

“Of the four people killed in this morning’s shootings on Brookside Drive, two were Fredericton Police officers. No names are being released at this time. Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues. We will provide more info when we can,” Fredericton police said on their Twitter account earlier.

“At this time we can confirm that we have one suspect in custody.”

“Police continue to have the Brookside area contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing,” police said without providing details of the incident.

Members of the public were asked not to speculate about what happened.

“We can confirm that there is no further threat to the public, and lockdowns are not required at this time,” police stated.

The area is likely to be contained for some hours and residents were evacuated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement about the early morning shooting.

“Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton that left four people dead, including two police officers. We mourn with everyone who has lost a friend, colleague, or family member, and wish those injured a speedy and full recovery,” he said.

“There is no greater gesture than to put oneself in harm’s way to protect the life of another. This morning, first responders rushed to the scene of danger. They did not think twice about what they had to do to keep their fellow Canadians safe. They were unflinching in their duty. We will not forget the two fallen police officers whose sacrifice no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy.”

“The RCMP is giving its full support to the Fredericton Police, who are investigating the shooting. I have spoken with the Fredericton Chief of Police Leanne Fitch, Mayor Mike O’Brien, and the Premier of New Brunswick Brian Gallant and offered my condolences on behalf of the Government of Canada.

“The people of Fredericton are courageous, strong, and resilient. Canadians stand with you during this difficult time,” said the PM.