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RCMP investigates shooting involving police officer, woman with knife

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EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The New Brunswick RCMP is investigating a shooting incident that involved an officer from the Edmundston Police Force and a knife-wielding female.

The woman, a 26-year-old from British Columbia, died at the scene.

Around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of June 4, the force received a request to check on the well-being of a woman at an apartment building on Canada Road in Edmundston, according to a 10 a.m. press statement by Inspector Steve Robinson of the Edmundston Police Force.

“The responding police officer was confronted at the scene by a woman holding a knife and making threats,” Robinson said. “The officer discharged a firearm.” 

Although attempts were made to resuscitate the woman, she was pronounced dead at the scene, Robinson said.

The press release did not make it clear if the deceased was the subject of the well-being check or that the discharged firearm is what killed the woman, though an autopsy is scheduled. 

The New Brunswick RCMP is in charge of the case, said municipal spokeswoman Mychele Poitras just before a press conference on Thursday.

While a representative of St. John Valley Times/Fiddlehead Focus could not attend due to border closure, Poitras responded to an email inquiry shortly after the conference. 

Neither the identity of the victim or of the officer involved are being released since the investigation is ongoing, Poitras said.

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