What happened to OPP officer Eric Mueller? Sergeant tragically died after shooting in Bourget, Ontario

On Laval Street in Bourget, Sgt. Eric Mueller was shot and murdered while on duty.

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Following a shooting early on Thursday in the hamlet of Bourget, southeast of Ottawa, one provincial police officer, Eric Mueller, has been confirmed dead, and two others have been critically injured. Let’s see What happened to OPP officer Eric Mueller in detail.


What happened to OPP officer Eric Mueller?

Two OPP officers were shot early on Thursday morning in the eastern Ontario village of Bourget, in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland, resulting in one death and two injuries.

According to OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, the deceased officer has been identified as Sgt. Eric Mueller.

Carrique said on Twitter early on Thursday,

Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service also shared the devastating news and wrote a tribute on Facebook,

Just before noon, more than a dozen police and OPP cars from Ottawa accompanied a van transporting Mueller’s body from the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. The General Campus is where the coroner’s office is situated.

The flags at Rockland City Hall are lowered to half-staff.

OPP said that they will host a news conference at their Ottawa detachment on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Since then, the timing has been moved up to 1:30 p.m.


What happened?

According to the OPP, Mueller and two other officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a Bourget residence on Laval Street shortly after two in the morning. Someone claimed to have heard a gunshot. When the cops arrived, someone inside the house shot all three of them, according to OPP.

One of them passed away at an Ottawa hospital after they were admitted. The two other people are recuperating; their health status was not disclosed.

One individual has been detained, according to OPP, and there is no risk to the public. The help comes from Ottawa Police Service officers.

Neighbor’s Statement:

Madison Bach told CBC on Thursday that her boyfriend woke up around 2 a.m. thinking he heard something, but decided it may have been their dog and went back to bed.

Madison Bach’s residence is roughly three doors down from the one where the shooting occurred. While nursing their six-month-old baby at three in the morning, Mrs. Bach noticed the flashing lights of the emergency personnel outside.

She said,

“It’s just really scary that it can happen so close to where you live. Bourget is a very remote community. It’s very quiet, normally, and safe. So the fact that something like this happened so close to our house is really unnerving, especially when we have a daughter who we’re trying to keep safe and protect,”

“It really makes you re-evaluate things. We just moved here about a year ago … hopefully this is just a one-off, but with the rate of crime increasing it’s really scary.”


Similar shooting cases

According to OPP Association spokesperson Scott Mills, OPP union representatives from around the province were assembled in Collingwood, Ontario, on Thursday for an unrelated meeting when they learned of the incident.

Mills said in a phone interview, “This is devastating, There’s a lot of heavy hearts here. When is this going to stop?”

As part of an annual service of commemoration, the names of four officers murdered while doing their duties in the previous year were added to the Ontario Police Memorial last weekend.

Canadian police Constable Andrew Hong was shot on September 12 outside a Tim Hortons in Mississauga, Ontario, in what police characterized as an ambush.

Officers Devon Northrup and Morgan Russell of the South Simcoe Police were slain after they responded to a disturbance call in Innisfil, Ontario, one month later.

Then, on December 27, according to the OPP, Const. Greg Pierzchala was tragically shot in an ambush while answering to a report about a car in a ditch.


Politicians Offer Condolences

In a statement posted to Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to the OPP officer’s shooting death as “awful news.”

“I’m sending my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of OPP Sergeant Eric Mueller, who was killed in the line of duty, and I’m keeping the two injured officers in my thoughts.

The prime minister said the federal government is looking for methods to keep police officers safe while telling reporters at Rideau Hall that the killings of officers in the line of duty “has to stop.”

Trudeau said,

“It has happened far too often, over the past many months across this country, that we’ve lost police officers in the line of duty, serving our community,” 

“I’ve been working with the Minister of Public Safety and with the Minister of Justice to see what more we can do to keep them safe, but this has to stop. We need to be there to protect the people who put their lives on the line every day to protect the rest of us. That’s something we continue to look at.”

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre tweeted: “We mourn with the family of the OPP officer killed in the line of duty early this morning, and pray for the other two officers who were shot and are currently in hospital. Most of us will never know the risk police officers take every single day when they say goodbye to their families and go to work. We must never take their sacrifice for granted.”

Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth said he was “saddened and dismayed” to hear of the tragic shooting in Bourget.

Zanth wrote :”There are no words that can express the pain that the residents of the City of Clarence-Rockland are feeling at this time. I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the family and fellow officers, Two officers were also injured during this event and are currently in hospital. We wish them a full and speedy recovery and send our warmest thoughts to their families.”

Premier Doug Ford said, “My thoughts are with his family and friends,” Ford said on Twitter. “Please join me in praying for his fellow officers as we await word on their condition. May God bless our heroes in uniform.”

Authorities are currently looking into Eric Mueller’s death circumstances. The news has obviously crushed Eric Mueller’s family and friends, and the community has been horrified by the tragic loss.

The news of Eric Mueller’s passing has understandably devastated her family and friends, and condolences have poured in from all over the neighborhood. Many people have expressed their sympathies and offered support to Eric Mueller’s loved ones on social media during this difficult period.

We send our sympathies to Eric Mueller’s family and friends during this difficult time.


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