Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement about the death of a British Columbia police officer:
“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Rick (Fredrick) O’Brien was killed in the line of duty while attending to an incident in Coquitlam this morning.
“We stand with the colleagues, families and loved ones of Const. Rick O’Brien. Beneath the uniform an officer is person with a family, friends, and dreams – they believe in their communities and sacrifice of themselves to keep us all safe.
Today, Const. Rick O’Brien made the greatest sacrifice while protecting Coquitlam residents. He is not coming home to his wife and child today.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I offer my deepest condolences to Const. Rick O’Brien’s loved ones and colleagues.
“My thoughts are also with the other two officers who were wounded in this terrible incident.
“All three officers are shining examples of the extraordinary individuals who chose to take on the challenging mantle of protecting the public.
“I have spoken to the local mayors, and we all agree that the death of an officer is a stark reminder of the dangers police face to keep us safe. They put their lives on the line every day to fulfil their oath to protect our communities.
“I have also expressed my deepest sympathies on this horrific tragedy to the BC RCMP. This is the most traumatic news possible for serving and former officers.
“We are profoundly grateful for each and every police officer in this province for their heroic service and dedication to duty and protecting us from danger.”