EDMONTON — There are media reports that an Edmonton police officer has been killed in a shooting.
Unnamed sources have told multiple media outlets that one officer died and another is in hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Edmonton police were not immediately confirming the officer’s death but sent out a Tweet: “We appreciate all of your words of support and sympathy at this time.”
Chaos unfolded in the residential neighbourhood Monday evening when residents reported hearing gunfire.
Bystander Angela Wall told CTV News she was watching TV when the incident began.
“I was at home in my living room … and I heard like, five bangs go off, and I thought nothing off it,” bystander Angela Wall told CTV Edmonton. “I thought it was just basically someone working on their roof. Clearly that was not what it was.”
A massive police presence quickly gathered, with dozens of police cars, a police helicopter and three ambulances on scene.
Smoke also started billowing from a home in the neighbourhood and police evacuated several homes.
Fire trucks stood at the ready to move in once the scene was contained and safe enough for them to move in, and before long, they had extinguished the blaze.
At one point, two ambulances left the scene with a police escort.
Throughout the turmoil, police continually urged onlookers to move to a safer area or stay in their homes.
Const. Brendan Power sent out a Tweet pleading with residents in the area of 184 St. and 64 Ave. to move back, telling them they were “not safe to be observing anywhere near there.”
He also caution media and onlookers: “Please don’t post pictures of our officers, other emergency crews or their locations. You’re putting them at risk.”
The Canadian Press