#otd 1962 Kamloops RCMP Csts Joseph KECK, Gordon PEDERSEN, & Donald WEISGERBER (the latter #offduty/ #unarmed) responded to a call from #gamewardens (now BC Conservation Service) who had been threatened by a man with a #rifle.
Coming upon the suspect, a mentally ill woodsman named George Booth, the officers followed him for a few hundred yards and, several times, called to him to stop & drop his rifle. When they attempted to detain Booth, he opened fire, killing PEDERSEN.
In an exchange of #gunfire, KECK wounded Booth, who dropped his rifle. WEISGERBER attempted to reach Booth before he could recover his #gun, but it was not to be. Booth picked up his rifle and killed WEISGERBER.
As KECK attempted to see what had happened, he too was shot.
After killing the 3 RCMP #officers, the suspect was pursued by #police and, within hours, was fatally shot in an exchange of #gunfire with Cpl Jack WHITE.
Constable Gordon Eric PEDERSEN was born in #lethbridge, #alberta. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on February 24, 1959. Cst PEDERSEN was buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Vernon, BC He was a married man whose wife was expecting their first child.
Constable Donald George WEISGERBER. was from #fifelake, #saskatchewan. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on October 16, 1957. Cst WEISGERBER. was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Kamloops, BC. He was a married man.
Constable Elwood Joseph KECK was born in #gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on January 17, 1956. Cst KECK was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Kamloops, BC. He was a married man with one child. His wife was expecting their second child.
This newspaper article tells more: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/horrific-day-a-lifetime-ago-made-widows-of-three-wives/article4353644/
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