01/19/2015 06:51 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Const. David Wynn's family prepares to say goodbye

The wife of seriously wounded Const. David Wynn has thanked her husband’s "RCMP family" for its support over the past several days.

“We’re saying our goodbyes today, and then from there he’ll be in a better place,” said Shelly MacInnis-Wynn, flanked by her uncle Duncan MacInnis and Wynn's sister Dawn Sephton.

MacInnis-Wynn especially thanked her husband's colleagues in the St. Albert RCMP detachment, who she said have provided "phenomenal" support to her family since Wynn was shot.

“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].”

"Dave loved them to death. That was his work family."

Wynn has been unconscious in hospital since early Saturday morning when he was shot in the head at close range while trying to arrest a suspect in a casino outside of Edmonton. He has not regained consciousness and was listed in grave condition.

A second officer, Aux. Const. Derek Bond, 49, was also shot in the arm and torso at the same time. He was released from hospital on Saturday night.

Shawn Maxwell Rehn, the suspected shooter, was found dead in a rural home hours later. Rehn, 34, had an extensive criminal history involving firearms and violence, and had been charged with at least 100 offences dating back to 1994, CBC News has learned.