Sgt. Ronald McInnis of the Quebec Provincial Police in Canada has reported that Constable Steve Dery of the Kativik Regional Police Force was shot and killed Saturday night about 9:30 p.m. while responding to a domestic violence call. Dery, 27, and his partner were immediately fired upon when they arrived at 1080 Chopper Cresent in Kuujjuaq, Quebec. They were struck by gunfire as they exited their patrol car.
Sgt. McInnis said the woman being held inside the house made the call to 911 and managed to escape during the gun fire without injury.
Additional officers remained at the scene as the suspect had barricaded himself inside the residence following the shooting. The suspect maintained a standoff with officers which included a SWAT team from the Sûreté du Quebec Provincial Police team that had surrounded the residence.
Officers later found the male suspect, identified as Jobie Saunders, Jr., deceased inside the residence Sunday afternoon about 3:00 p.m. They entered the residence at that time after throwing a flash bang flare being thrown into the house. It is believed that the suspect died as a result of a self inflicted gun shot wound.
Both constables were transported to Kuujjuaq’s Tulattavik Hospital where Constable Dery succumbed to his injuries several hours later. The other constable, whose identity has not been released, sustained non-life threatening injuries and is listed in good condition.
The Kativik Regional Police Force was created in 1996 to serve communities in Nunavik, which comprises the northern third of the province. Kuujjuaq is the largest village in the region.
Constable Dery served the Kativik Regional Police for four and one half years.
Constable Dery’s family has a history of public service. Dery’s father, Giles, is a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer who trains personnel for overseas deployment. As of Sunday morning, he was in Africa on a peacekeeping mission. Dery’s brother, Ben, is a firefighter in the family’s home town in Ottawa. Dery is survived by another brother and his mother.
Constable Dery, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, March 2, 2013
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