Statement from Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman
Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come.
What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible and many families are experiencing the loss of a loved one.
That includes our own RCMP family. It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you that we lost Cst. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force who was killed this morning, while responding to an active shooter incident.
Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served.
Earlier this afternoon, I met with Heidi’s family and there are no words to describe their pain. Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague.
Heidi’s family is a part of our RCMP family and we will embrace and support them in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Unfortunately, I have to also share that another one of our officers was injured and is in hospital receiving treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He and his family will be supported and we will be alongside him as he begins his road to recovery.
This tragic incident has also resulted in many victims outside of the RCMP.
Countless families are in mourning today. Each person who lost their life had family and friends and they too will need support.
The impact of this incident will extend from one end of this province to the other. As Nova Scotians, we have to do what we are known for. And come together in times of need and support one another.