RCMP Officer Killed, 2 Seriously Injured in Shooting in Coquitlam, BC

RCMP Officer Killed, 2 Seriously Injured in Shooting in Coquitlam, BC
An RCMP officer has been killed and two others injured after a shooting in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 22, 2023 (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press)
Doug Lett

An RCMP officer from the Ridge Meadows detachment in British Columbia’s lower mainland has been killed, and two others taken to hospital with serious injuries.

According to a news release, the Ridge Meadows RCMP was executing a search warrant on a home near the intersection of Pine Tree Way and Glen Drive in Coquitlam when the shooting happened.

“While there, the attending officers became engaged in an altercation with a man which resulted in multiple officers being injured and the man being shot,” said the release.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald said 51-year-old Const. Rick O'Brien, who was a seven-year member of the RCMP, died at the scene. One injured officer is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said, while the other suffered minor injuries and was discharged.

A suspect in his 20s was also shot and is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been deployed and will assume conduct of the investigation into the officer’s death and the injuries to the other officers.

The province's Independent Investigations Office will conduct an inquiry into the conduct of the police. The civilian-led agency is responsible for probing incidents involving law enforcement that lead to death or severe injury.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences to O'Brien's family, friends, and colleagues on social media. "And to the officers who were injured: I’m wishing you a fast and full recovery."

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre posted condolences on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the RCMP officer killed & the officer wounded in a horrific shooting in Coquitlam,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the city of Pitt Meadows confirmed an officer had been killed and another injured.

“Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims as well as our local officers. The City is committed to providing support in any way we can, and will be lowering flags to half mast at all city buildings,” said a statement from the city posted on X.

During the morning of Sept. 22, RCMP announced the closing of Glen Drive in Coquitlam, the result of “an ongoing police incident.”

The city of Coquitlam also cancelled all activities at the Glen Pine pavilion for the day.

Selina Robertson, MLA for Coquitlam and minister of post-secondary education in B.C., also shared her condolences on X.

“My heart goes out to all those impacted by the incident in #Coquitlam this morning,” she said.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report.
Doug Lett is a former news manager with both Global News and CTV, and has held a variety of other positions in the news industry.