Officer who was shot and killed identified as Sgt. Eric Mueller; 1 person in custody
Three OPP officers taken to hospital after shooting early Thursday morning
A shooting in Bourget, Ont. sent three Ontario Provincial Police officers to hospital early in the morning of May 11, 2023. One of the officers has since died, OPP say.
One Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was shot dead, and two others were injured, in what police are calling an "ambush" in the eastern Ontario community of Bourget in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland early Thursday morning.
The officer who was killed has been identified as Sgt. Eric Mueller, according to OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.
"He is described by his colleagues as a coach and mentor," Carrrique said at a news conference at the OPP Ottawa detachment Thursday afternoon. "Somebody that everybody looked up to. The glue that held his shift together."
One of the injured officers, who is 35, has been treated and released from hospital, Carrique said. The other, who is in his early 40s, remains in hospital in critical but stable condition. No civilians were injured in the encounter.
Just after 2 a.m., Mueller and two other officers were called to a disturbance at a home on Laval Street in Bourget, OPP said. Carrique said it is his understanding the residence belonged to the shooter.
Someone had reported hearing a gunshot.
When the officers arrived, all three were shot by someone at the home, OPP said. They were taken to hospital in Ottawa, where one of them died.
OPP commissioner says three officers were ambushed at Bourget residence
During a news conference Thursday, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said, of the three officers who were taken to hospital early Thursday morning, one — Sgt. Eric Mueller — was killed and one has been treated and released.
Carrique called the events an "ambush."
"When three officers arrive on scene and within minutes are shot, one is killed, another is very seriously and critically injured, and another injured to the point of requiring medical attention for simply arriving on scene," he said. "I categorize that as an ambush."
OPP say a 39-year-old male has been arrested, and there is no danger to the public. Other OPP officers arrived on scene and were able to safely take the accused into custody, Carrique said. Officers from the Ottawa Police Service are assisting
Madison Bach, who lives about three doors down from the house where the shooting took place, told CBC on Thursday that her partner thought he heard something at 2 a.m., but thought it might be their dog and went back to bed.
At 3 a.m. Bach woke up to nurse their six-month-old daughter and saw the flashing lights of first responders outside.
Bourget residents react to news of early morning shooting
Residents told CBC Thursday morning that they awoke to the sound of sirens and later heard that three OPP officers had been shot at a home in the eastern Ontario community of Bourget.
"It's just really scary that it can happen so close to where you live. Bourget is a very remote community. It's very quiet, normally, and safe. So the fact that something like this happened so close to our house is really unnerving, especially when we have a daughter who we're trying to keep safe and protect," she said.
"It really makes you re-evaluate things. We just moved here about a year ago … hopefully this is just a one-off, but with the rate of crime increasing it's really scary."
The MPP for the area, Stéphane Sarrazin, told CBC in an interview from Toronto Thursday that officials will be working with first responders to get them proper support.
"Our thoughts are with the police officer and their family, and it's devastating to hear that kind of situation went on in our riding," he said.
In a Twitter post Thursday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford called Mueller's killing senseless and asked people to pray for the other officers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the news coming out of Bourget "awful," and said the two injured officers are in his thoughts.
The death of OPP Sgt. Eric Mueller, who was senselessly killed in the line of duty, is devastating news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.<br><br>Please join me in praying for his fellow officers as we await word on their condition. May God bless our heroes in uniform. <a href="https://t.co/WxoMPB69u7">https://t.co/WxoMPB69u7</a>
Awful news coming from Bourget, Ontario this morning. I’m sending my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of <a href="https://twitter.com/OPP_News?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OPP_News</a> Sergeant Eric Mueller, who was killed in the line of duty, and I’m keeping the two injured officers in my thoughts.
The mayor of Clarence-Rockland, Mario Zanth, said in an interview that the community is shocked.
"You see this in different areas, and you're always shocked when it happens everywhere else, but when it happens at home, it definitely hits a little harder," Zanth said.
"The community is doing everything it can to support itself and each other," he said.
Bourget is about 50 kilometres east of downtown Ottawa.
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