Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan, speaking with Mark Connolly of CBC's Edmonton AM on Tuesday, revealed more about what that led up to the shooting that sent Const. David Wynn and Aux. Const. Derek Bond to hospital early Saturday morning.
"It was that short, brief interaction. It isn't like they saw each other coming at a distance," she said.
Ryan said Wynn entered the casino after checking licence plates in the building's parking lot. After finding one that didn't match the vehicle it was attached to, Wynn entered the casino alone to check surveillance video. He was later joined by Bond.
After identifying a suspect on the video, the pair of RCMP officers happened to pass the man on the way out of the casino.
"I don't think there's anything that could be done," said Ryan.
“When you walk into a casino with a handgun in the front of your pants, I think your intention is clear. “
When the officers tried to arrest the man, he pulled a handgun and fired two shots. Wynn was hit in the head, while Bond was shot in the arm and torso. RCMP say the encounter lasted three to five seconds.
Both officers were taken to hospital. Bond was released the same day, while Wynn has not regained consciousness. RCMP say he is not expected to survive.
Officers 'could not have known' threat
Ryan also reiterated that better equipment and training would not have changed the outcome.
Critics of the RCMP have called for the agency to do more to protect officers in the wake of the shooting; Former West Vancouver police chief Kash Heed said the Mounties lag far behind city police forces.
"I lose sleep at night about our members' safety," Ryan said, adding she's "satisfied" the RCMP does everything it can for officers.
“I don’t believe [Heed] has all the facts. And I think if he did, his opinion may change about our preparedness for this particular incident.”
Ryan said Wynn and Bond walked into a unique situation with an unusually dangerous suspect.
Others have questioned whether Bond, as an auxiliary RCMP officer, should have been inside the casino for the arrest. Auxiliary constables, which do not carry firearms, are generally assigned to tasks like ride-alongs, community policing and meeting with schools.
Ryan said auxiliary officers are not sent into violent situations. She said when Bond entered the casino, neither officer knew the suspect was inside.
“Bond was not intentionally sent into a violent situation,” she said.
Tearful goodbye to wounded Mountie
“We’re saying our goodbyes today, and then from there he’ll be in a better place,” Wynn’s wife, Shelly MacInnis-Wynn, said on Monday.
MacInnis-Wynn also delivered an emotional thanks to her husband’s colleagues in the RCMP.
"I was told when Dave graduated how much support we would have through his whole career, but I never really knew … what type of a family the RCMP were [until now]," she said.
Bond, 49, was also shot in the arm and torso. He was released from hospital on Saturday night. As an auxiliary officer, Bond was not carrying a firearm.
Police say both officers were shot by Shawn Maxwell Rehn, who was tracked to an unoccupied rural home east of St. Albert. When officers entered the home, they found Rehn’s body inside
Rehn, 34, had been charged with at least 100 offences dating back to 1994, and was banned for life from possessing a firearm.
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