Criminal investigation underway after RCMP officer killed in B.C. crash
Karolyn Coorsh, CTVNews.ca
Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:22PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:39PM EDT
A 32-year-old RCMP officer is dead after a pickup truck collided with her police cruiser on Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning.
The driver of a pickup truck has been taken into police custody. A criminal investigation is underway.
Const. Sarah Beckett, 32, of the West Shore detachment died in the crash, leaving behind a husband, two young children, her mother and a sister.
Images taken at the scene in Langford, B.C. show a pickup truck and a damaged RCMP cruiser.
Chief Supt. Ray Bernoties said in a news conference that Beckett was on “general duty” and travelling in a marked police car when the two-vehicle collision occurred around 3:30 a.m.. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the other vehicle was treated for non-serious injuries and is now in police custody, Bernoties said.
“Today is a tragic and difficult day,” Bernoties said. “We lost one of their own.”
He said speaking with colleagues on Tuesday morning, it became clear that Beckett was a “ very popular” member of the RCMP. “There are tough days ahead.”
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Sharon Woodburn said a criminal investigation is underway. Police did not say whether they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences, on Twitter.
On behalf of the government, I offer my condolences to the family of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett, who was killed today in the line of duty.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 5, 2016
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale issued a statement of condolence following news of the fatal crash.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,” Goodale said in the statement.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson also said in the statement that the RCMP has extended full support to Beckett’s family as well as personnel as they grieve the loss of their colleague.
With files from CTV Vancouver