RCMP officer wounded in shooting dies in hospital, regimental funeral being planned
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:01AM MST Last Updated Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:53PM MST
RCMP in St. Albert said Wednesday morning that Const. David Wynn, an officer 'gravely' wounded in a shooting at a St. Albert casino Saturday morning has passed away in hospital.
The news came after Wynn's condition had not changed for several days.
Wynn is survived by his wife Shelly and three sons Matthew, Nathan and Alexander.
Wynn was shot in the head at close range early Saturday as he, and auxiliary officer Derek Bond investigated a stolen vehicle found in the casino's parking lot.
Bond was also wounded, shot in the arm and torso, but while he was released from hospital – RCMP said Wynn remained unconscious.
On Monday evening, Wynn’s wife, Shelly MacInnis-Wynn spoke publicly for the first time, thanking the RCMP and the public for their support in the wake of the tragedy.
However, MacInnis-Wynn said the family was saying their goodbyes.
Wynn, 42, worked with the RCMP D.A.R.E. program in St. Albert schools.
A Regimental Funeral in the Edmonton area is being planned; there are no details at this point.
In a news release, Premier Jim Prentice said: “[It] is with great sadness that we begin to mourn the loss of Constable David Wynn, who has paid the ultimate sacrifice in his service to Alberta.”
Justice Minister and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis also released a statement, saying: "Alberta has lost a brave and dedicated RCMP officer today."
St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse also extended his deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. "We join you in mourning his passing as we struggle with the senselessness of his death."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also issued a statement Wednesday, saying: “This was a brazen and cowardly assault on our brave law enforcement officers. It is a grim reminder of how law officers in communities across the country put their lives on the line every day to protect Canadians from harm. We mourn with all RCMP members today.”
The City of St. Albert is placing a memorial book in the lobby of St. Albert Place. Members of the public can sign the book from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.
The book will be given to RCMP Constable Wynn's family in honour of his memory.
RCMP said later Wednesday that a regimental funeral was being planned for Const. Wynn at Servus Place in St. Albert on Monday, January 26.