Edmonton officers are 9th and 10th on-duty deaths in 100+ years

Two Edmonton police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty early Thursday morning. Carly Robinson has reaction from witnesses and neighbours.

By Courtney Theriault

In the latest tragic chapter for Edmonton’s police community, the deaths of Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan in the line of duty marks the ninth and tenth police deaths in the city’s history.

The last fallen officer was on June 8, 2015, when Constable Daniel Woodall was killed while EPS was executing an arrest warrant on a hate crimes charge.



The suspect opened fire on police, killing Woodall and injuring one other officer, before taking his own life.

Twenty-five years before that, Const. Ezio Faraone was shot to death while on the job.

He was attempting to arrest suspects involved in an armed robbery in June 1990.

He located one man in a vehicle in an alleyway, but a second suspect hidden from view in the backseat exited the vehicle, shooting and killing Faraone.

The only other shooting deaths in the line of duty in Edmonton date back more than 100 years.

Const. William Leslie Nixon was killed in 1919 after he approached a man in Edmonton’s downtown that he deemed to be suspicious.

Const. Frank Beevers died in 1918 while chasing a robbery and murder suspect.

Four other officers were killed in the line of duty. Two were killed in collisions, another died from a fall, and the fourth was electrocuted while attending a fallen power line.

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