An RCMP officer has been killed while on duty in Burnaby, B.C., according to the province.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth confirmed the officer’s death on Tuesday afternoon, offering his condolences to the officer’s loved ones and fellow officers in a brief statement.
“This is absolutely a tragic and horrific situation,” the minister said, speaking to reporters at the B.C. Legislature.
“Right now, my heart goes out to the family and the friends and the officers and the police departments in Burnaby and across this province [who], every day, put their life on the line to keep all of us in our communities safe.”
Farnworth confirmed the officer was a woman. He said he didn’t have any further information to provide.
Dozens of officers from multiple police agencies responded to an incident at Broadview Park on Canada Way late Tuesday morning.
The road is a key corridor through the city, roughly a kilometre west of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) campus.
A tweet from RCMP said officers don’t believe there is an ongoing risk to the public, but people have been asked to avoid Canada Way between Boundary Road and Willingdon Avenue as they investigate.
CBC News has contacted RCMP for more information.
More to come.
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