Two suspects are charged with first degree murder after Ontario Provincial Police Constable Greg Pierzchala of Hagersville, Ont., was shot and killed Tuesday while responding to a vehicle in a ditch.
“It’s causing our officers a bunch of mental health issues,” said Casey Ward, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Police. “You wonder every day when you show up and put on your uniform, are you going to go home with your family?
“There have been a lot of officers killed in the line of duty over the past six months and that’s just a trend we need to see stop.”
First-degree murder charges filed in killing of Ontario police officer
Pierzchala is the fifth officer in Canada to be killed in the line of duty since September.
Ward said he was lucky he never lost a fellow officer during his time on duty, but he still recognizes and mourns the deaths of officers across the province.
“There have been far too many police burials,” Ward said. “It repeats that every day you go out and you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I think it’s starting to cause problems for some of our police officers, especially with their mental health. Just the levels of violence that we see with our officers across Canada and in our province, not just with police shootings, but with assaults on police officers.
Court documents show Randall McKenzie, 25, and Brandi Crystal Lyn Stewart-Sperry, 30, as the defendants.
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