The lone gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, “moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP] Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said. A possible motive was unclear. At one point, he apparently disguised himself as a police officer, investigators added.
At least one officer died and another suffered injuries, according to Brian Sauvé, the president of the National Police Federation union.
Investigators said earlier that they took Wortman into custody before later adding that he died. They did not give specifics.
Police said the incident began late Saturday in the tiny town of Portapique, initially reporting “multiple victims” and describing the suspect as possibly disguised as a mountie.
Wortman’s name was released about nine hours after an initial tweet around midnight asking people to avoid the Portapique area and stay indoors as officers responded to a firearms complaint.