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Canada Slain Fredericton officers leave behind families, spoke of on-the-job dangers

23:50  10 august  2018
23:50  10 august  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Fredericton police officer Sara Burns, 43, leaves behind her husband and three children. Costello was previously seconded to the RCMP's Internet child exploitation unit and, in social media posts, often discussed the dangers officers face on the job , especially the Mounties who were gunned down in

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a man looking at the camera: Police officers Sara Burns, 43, and Robert Costello, 45, were killed in the north-side shooting in Fredericton on Friday morning.© Facebook Police officers Sara Burns, 43, and Robert Costello, 45, were killed in the north-side shooting in Fredericton on Friday morning.

Robert Costello and Sara Burns have been identified as the Fredericton city police officers killed in a shooting Friday morning that left four people dead on the city's north side.

Two civilians are also dead and an unknown number of people were wounded. The identities of the civilians, a man and a woman, have not been released.

Costello, 45, was 20-year veteran of the force who worked on various teams throughout his career, including as a detective.

He is survived by a partner and four children.

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Fredericton Police Force Chief Leanne Fitch released the identities of the slain officers during an afternoon news conference. "It is with great sadness that I'm speaking with you Police and RCMP officers survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton , New Brunswick, Canada on 10 August 2018.

Slain Fredericton officers leave behind families , spoke of on - the - job dangers . Fitch, Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant all spoke at the news conference but shed little light on what happened.

Costello was seconded to the RCMP's internet child exploitation unit and, in social media posts, often discussed the dangers officers face on the job, especially the Mounties who were gunned down in Moncton four years ago.

One image he re-posted said: "If you think it's OK to kill or attack police officers, unfollow me now."

Helped victims of domestic violence

Sara Burns, 43, joined the Fredericton Police Force in 2016 bud been an auxiliary officer for two years..

She was married with three children.

Born in Fredericton, Burns graduated from Fredericton High School and the Atlantic Police Academy. When she was hired, police told reporters how excited they were to have her on patrol because she was from the area.

Earlier this year, Burns and her husband raised money for Liberty Lane, an organization that provides housing for women and children affected by domestic violence.

In February, while on duty, she had a close call with a man who had a knife. According to newspaper reports, the man threw the knife out of a window and the blade nearly struck Burns.

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