PM to attend regimental funeral for Mountie

Alberta RCMP Const. David Wynn died from his injuries after he was shot while on duty earlier this month

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Mourners including Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend a regimental funeral service today in Alberta for RCMP Const. David Wynn.

Wynn died from injuries after he and auxiliary Constable Derek Bond were shot earlier this month in a casino in St. Albert by Shawn Rehn, a man they were trying to apprehend while investigating a stolen truck.

Rehn was later found dead of an apparent suicide.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Major Doug Pack told a news briefing Saturday that officers from many different police forces were expected to take part in a procession to the church in St. Albert prior to the funeral.

Pack said it would likely include everyone from border guards, wildlife and conservation officers, to municipal and provincial police from other provinces, and even officers from the United States.

Wynn, who was 42, was born in Newcastle, NB, and leaves a wife and three sons.

Pack says the response from other agencies has been “overwhelming.”

“Overwhelming in terms of emotions and how many people have reached out and want to do whatever they can and want to pay those respects by coming,” Pack said.

“To that, we thank every one of those agencies who have reached out to the force at this time.”

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will also attend the service along with other members of caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has said he will be at the service.

Spectators for the procession are being encouraged to wear red clothing in support of the RCMP.

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