EPS deaths: Possible link to Pizza Hut shooting investigated: sources
Edmonton police are investigating whether the 16-year-old boy who shot and killed two officers is the same one who shot a Pizza Hut employee earlier this week, multiple sources told CTV News.
Const. Travis Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan was shot early Thursday morning when they responded to a domestic dispute call around 12:47 a.m. in the area of 114th Avenue and 132nd Street.
The teenager also shot his mother, who is in the hospital, before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Thursday night.
A few days ago, around 00:30 on Sunday morning, a shooter entered Pizza Hut on 114th and 132nd avenues and shot an employee.
Police released a photo and description of the shooter Monday evening, describing him as wearing an oversized black coat, tight black pants or jeans, black shoes or boots and a colorful face covering.
Security footage from the restaurant shows a gunman enter the restaurant and wave the gun back and forth before shooting an employee.
The restaurant is just a block away from Thursday’s shooting.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, police were asked if there was a connection between the two investigations, but remained tight-lipped.
“Certainly the geographic location, the manner in which those crimes were committed, the fact that a firearm was used in both cases, of course we’ll get to that, that’s certainly being investigated,” Deputy Chief Devin LaForce told reporters.
“As soon as we can make a decision, whether to approve or not, we will definitely make that public.”
Layfors said the teenager was known to police, but his relationship with the officers was not criminal in nature.
“He was known to the police, but he was never charged with a crime, I understand.”
With files from CTV News Edmonton’s David Evasuk
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