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Two Policemen, Two Others Dead In Canada Shootings

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Canadian police say a suspect is in custody after at least four people – two of them police officers – were killed in a shooting in the eastern city of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The slain officers were identified as Sarah Burns and Robb Costello, but the civilians – a man and a woman – have not been named.

The officers were responding to reports of shots fired when they were killed, officials told media.

Police have not mentioned a motive.

“Protecting us today, they gave their lives,” Fredericton mayor Mike O’Brien told the media during a press conference. “We will get through this together but now my thoughts turn to the families of the victims.”

Burns, 43, leaves behind a husband and three children, while Costello, 45, is survived by his partner and four children.

Officials told reporters the officers had been responding to reports of shots fired when they found the two civilians on the ground.

The suspect is in custody in hospital and being treated for “severe” injuries sustained during the incident, but he has not been named. The investigation into the shooting has been taken over by the RCMP, Canada’s federal police force.

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