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Line Of Duty Death

Please find below a list of recent media advisories, statements, and links to media releases and news conferences.

All news conferences will also be uploaded to our Youtube channel as soon as possible following the event.


MEDIA UPDATE - 3:21 p.m. MST - Monday, March 20, 2023

Regimental funeral for Constables Travis Jordan and Constable Brett Ryan

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) will honour the service and sacrifice of Constable Travis Jordan and Constable Brett Ryan, who were recently killed in the line of duty, with a regimental funeraland celebration of their lives on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. MST at Rogers Place in Edmonton (10220 – 104 Avenue).

EPS is working with the families to finalize details of the event, including the funeral procession. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

In addition, please be advised that at approximately 12. p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21, 2023), Constables Ryan and Jordan will be moved from the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s office to Serenity Funeral Home where they will remain until the day of the funeral.  The public is encouraged to show support by lining the procession route if they wish.

The procession, outlined in the map below, will proceed as follows: 

Start: 7007- 116 Street NW

  • East on Belgravia Rd/71 Ave NW
  • South on 113 St
  • East on 61 Ave NW
  • South on 91 St
  • East on 58 Ave NW
  • South on 90 St
  • East on 56 Ave NW
  • South on 89 St

End: 5311- 91 Street NW




MEDIA RELEASE - 2:56 p.m. MST - Sunday, March 19, 2023

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton conducted autopsies on EPS Constable Brett Ryan, 30, and Constable Travis Jordan, 35.

In both cases the cause of death was confirmed to be gunshot wounds with the manner of death being homicide.

Information on the public portion of the funeral arrangements for the fallen officers will be released by EPS as soon as it becomes available.

Background:

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Constable Brett Ryan and Constable Travis Jordan responded to a family dispute call in an apartment complex near 114 Avenue and 132 Street.

When the two officers arrived, they were met by a 55-year-old female complainant outside of the complex. The two officers then responded to the suite where she resided, along with her 73-year-old male partner and their 16-year-old son.

Immediately upon arriving at the suite, both constables were shot by the 16-year-old male and were immediately incapacitated. A struggle reportedly ensued between the mother and son over the firearm, and the mother was shot.  The suspect then turned the firearm on himself, taking his own life. The father was not physically injured during the shootings.

It has since been confirmed that neither officer discharged their firearm.

Following 911 calls by multiple reporters, additional police and EMS arrived. One of the injured officers was transported in a police vehicle to hospital, while the other injured officer was taken by ambulance. The female complainant was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition. Soon after arriving at the hospital, both officers were declared deceased.


NEWS CONFERENCE RECORDING - 3:57 p.m. MST - Friday, March 17, 2023

Please visit the following link for a downloadable copy of this afternoon's news conference:

Dropbox - News Conference


MEDIA RELEASE - 2:45 p.m. MST - Friday, March 17, 2023

Police release further details in line of duty deaths

The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate the circumstances around the deaths of Constables Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan.

At approximately 12:47 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2023, Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan responded to a family dispute call in an apartment complex near 114 Avenue and 132 Street.

When the two officers arrived, they were met by a 55-year-old female complainant outside of the complex. The two officers then responded to the suite where she resided, along with her 73-year-old male partner and their 16-year-old son.

Immediately upon arriving at the suite, both constables were shot multiple times by the 16-year-old male, and were immediately incapacitated. A struggle reportedly ensued between the mother and son over the firearm, and the suspect shot his mother before turning the firearm on himself, taking his own life. The father was not physically injured during the shootings.

It has since been confirmed that neither officer discharged their firearm.

Following 911 calls by multiple reporters, additional police and EMS arrived. One of the injured officers was transported in a police vehicle to hospital, while the other injured officer was taken by ambulance. The female complainant was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Soon after arriving at the hospital, both officers were declared deceased.

As the 16-year-old suspect died in the presence of police, the Director of Law Enforcement was notified and directed that the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) provide oversight to the investigation being conducted by the EPS Homicide Section.

Autopsies for both officers will be conducted this weekend. The autopsy for the youth suspect is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2023. 

Information on the public portion of the funeral arrangements for the fallen officers will be released as soon as it becomes available.


MEDIA AVAILABILITY - Friday, March 17, 2023

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) will be hosting a media availability this afternoon to provide an update on the Line of Duty deaths.

Deputy Chief Devin Laforce and Superintendent Shane Perka will be available for comments and questions.

Note: A media release with additional information will be issued later this afternoon. Please stay tuned to this page for more information.

Details

When: TODAY, Friday,  March 17, 2023, at 3 p.m. MST
Where: Media Studio, 7th floor of TD Tower (10088 102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB).  
Speakers:

  • Devin Laforce, Deputy Chief of the EPS Investigations Bureau
  • Shane Perka, Superintendent of the Criminal Investigations Division

If you plan to attend in person, please allow yourself extra time to park and bring government issued ID to check in with security upon arrival. For out of town media, a recording will be available via Dropbox and Youtube as soon as possible following the event. Please stay tuned to this page for that information.


NEWS CONFERENCE RECORDING - 14:24 p.m. MST - Thursday, March 16, 2023

Please visit the following link for a downloadable copy of this morning's news conference:

  Dropbox - News Conference 


MEDIA UPDATE - 11:56 a.m. MST - Thursday, March 16, 2023

Photos

Please find below photos of the two officers who lost their lives today.

Media can also access photos for download here: 

Dropbox - Photos

Const. Travis Jordan, 35

Const. Brett Ryan, 30


MEDIA RELEASE - 10:15 a.m. MST - Thursday, March 16, 2023

Two EPS officers killed in Line of Duty; one male suspect deceased

The Edmonton Police Service is mourning the deaths of two of its members, who were shot and killed while on duty earlier this morning in a west Edmonton apartment complex.

At approximately 12:47 a.m. today, Thursday, March 16, 2023, EPS West Branch patrol members responded to a family dispute call in an apartment complex near 114 Avenue and 132 Street.

Upon arrival, the two patrol members went inside the building, approached the suite, and were shot by a young male suspect. At this time, all indications are that they did not have a chance to discharge their service weapons. The two members were rushed to hospital, where they were both declared deceased.

“This is an extremely tragic day for the Edmonton Police Service and our city,” stated EPS Chief Dale McFee. “I’m deeply saddened to announce the Line of Duty deaths of two of our members that occurred earlier this morning. These officers gave their lives while trying to protect our community. They will never be forgotten.”

“On behalf of the entire EPS family, our deepest condolences go out to their families, during this heart-breaking time.”

The deceased EPS members are West Branch patrol officers, Const. Brett Ryan, 30, with 5.5 years of service and Const. Travis Jordan, 35, with 8.5 years of service.

The young male suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A female complainant from the suite was also taken to hospital with serious injuries, where she remains in stable condition.

The Edmonton Police Service’s Employee and Family Assistance Section have since been called out to assist the families of the deceased officers and other members of the police service.

Funeral and procession details will be confirmed and shared with the community in the coming days.


MEDIA ADVISORY - 7:55 a.m. MST - Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Edmonton Police Service is mourning the loss of two of its patrol officers who were killed in the Line of Duty, while responding to a call earlier today.  

An EPS Media Availability is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, Thursday, March 16, 2023, in the Atrium at EPS Headquarters, 9620 103A Ave NW.

EPS Chief Dale McFee and other dignitaries will address media with brief formal statements. No questions will be taken at this time. We ask that you respect this. Further details will be released later today, when they’re confirmed.