Two fallen Edmonton police officers honoured in procession

The officers will remain until the regimental funeral and celebration of life scheduled for next Monday at 1 p.m. at Rogers Place

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Two city police officers killed in the line of duty were given a solemn salute as their bodies arrived at a south Edmonton funeral home Tuesday.

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Const. Brett Ryan and Const. Travis Jordan were shot and killed last Thursday after they were called to Baywood Park, an apartment complex in the Inglewood neighbourhood for a family violence call just before 1 a.m.

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A 16-year-old boy shot the two officers and injured his mother during a struggle with the gun, before turning it on himself.

Autopsies were completed on the officers over the weekend, confirming they died of multiple gunshot wounds.

On Tuesday, in a procession made up of police vehicles, two hearses and two city buses bearing the message “EPS Strong” and carrying the families of the constables, the officers were brought from the Edmonton medical examiner’s office to Serenity Funeral Home.

As they travelled to the funeral home, located at 5311 91 St., the procession passed by numerous first responders and their vehicles, including emergency medical services and St. Albert Fire. Edmontonians also lined the route to pay their respects. Overhead, the police service’s helicopter circled.

Upon arrival, the officers were saluted by the dozens of officers lining the entryway to the funeral home. Also gathered outside the funeral home were members of the public.

One woman carrying a baby held a sign bearing the Maple Leaf with a blue line going through it with the message “rest easy brothers — we’ll take it from here.”

Another family lit two blue candles. Blue ribbons were tied to nearby signs and poles.

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The officers will remain until the regimental funeral and celebration of life scheduled for next Monday at 1 p.m. at Rogers Place. More details on the funeral are expected to be released in the coming days.

It will be the first regimental funeral for an Edmonton police officer since Const. Daniel Woodall was shot and killed during an arrest in June 2015.

An autopsy for the 16-year-old boy is scheduled to be completed Wednesday. His 55-year-old mother remains in hospital.

  1. Darlene Blyan looks at the six bullet holes visible in the doorway of her apartment following the shooting deaths of Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan, in Edmonton Monday March 20, 2023. Blyan lives across the hall from the apartment where the two officers responded to a family violence call.

    Neighbour describes night Edmonton police officers were killed, has six bullet holes in doorway

  2. Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Devin Laforce gives an update on the investigation following the shooting deaths of Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan, during a press conference in Edmonton, Friday March 17, 2023.

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Last week, police said the boy’s mother had called police for help with her unruly son. The constables had no idea there was a weapon in the apartment and no indication the call could turn violent.

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The teen’s 73-year-old father also lived in the suite, but police do not believe either parent knew their son had a gun.

When Ryan and Jordan arrived at the suite, they were shot multiple times by the 16-year-old and were “immediately incapacitated.” Neither made it inside the apartment nor had a chance to fire a shot.

The boy and his mother then struggled over the gun, during which the woman was shot. The youth then turned the gun on himself.

A neighbour who lives across the hall from the suite where the teen lived said she woke up to sounds of banging before hearing a male’s voice saying, “Oh God” about four or five times.

Then there was silence before police swarmed the area.

The teen was known to police, but had no criminal record. Police have only said one of the incidents in which police dealt with the boy was categorized as a mental health complaint.


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