On August 10th, 2018 at 7am in Fredericton, New Brunswick multiple calls came into the police department about dozens of shots fired in a residential area. The area immediately came locked down as residents were told to remain in their homes. Two officers responding to the scene were killed. Two civilians were also murdered. Raymond had shot them all from his storage room window at his Brookside Drive Fredericton apartment..
Police said they shot and arrested the suspect, a 48-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond, who sustained serious injuries. Multiple media sources have reported that he was interested in first-person shooter video games and was known for being “ignorant” and “Islamophobic. Others, notably the office manager for the apartment complex, described him as “polite” and “pleasant. He was later found not criminally responsible. Why? “While in the grip of delusions about demons and a pending apocalypse has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder” The smart people tell us. Although he was never diagnosed with a mental disorder until after the shootings.
Nathan Gorham, lead defence lawyer for Raymond, said his client is “grief-stricken” by the enormity of his crime. But Gorham said the verdict was the right one considering that Raymond was “very, very ill and was incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of what he was doing.”
During the trial, evidence taken from Raymond’s computer and other material found in his apartment revealed his deepening involvement with conspiracy theories, hoaxes, religious beliefs about end times and numerology. From 2017 until the shooting in 2018, his mental deterioration was marked by crazy beliefs about demons masquerading as political leaders and celebrities, about the earth being flat and about a coming apocalypse. On August 21st, 200 Raymond was deemed fit to stand trial. Then the jury found him not criminally responsible.
.The dead officers were 45-year-old Lawrence Robert Costello and 43-year-old Sara Burns. Police have identified two dead civilians as musician Donnie Robichaud 42 and his girlfriend, Bobbie-Lee Wright(nicknamed Bubbles) 32.
The ex-wife of victim Donnie Robichaud told the media that she swore at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his condolence call with her. Costello, 45, who had four children, the other Fredericton police constable who died was Sara Burns, 43, a wife with three children. They were the first officers to arrive at the scene of the early morning shooting and were shot as they rushed to help two people lying on the ground On 18 August, the two officers were given a regimental funeral. It was attended by hundreds of police officers from around the country, as well as friends and families of the victims.