Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 55685
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 4, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2
Phone: (519) 640-7267
Constable Douglas Larche, Constable David Ross, and Constable Fabrice Gevaudan were shot and killed by a heavily armed subject in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Two other RCMP constables were wounded.
The subject was apprehended 30 hour later following a massive manhunt in which a large part of Moncton was shutdown.
Constable Larche had served with the RCMP for 12 years.
From diving to retrieve bodies to performing CPR on a young child, the three slain Mounties had served their communities in a broad range of ways in the last decade.
The three victims of Wednesday’s shooting were described as “incredible members” at an emotional press conference in Moncton Friday morning. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel. We need to start this healing process together,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown.
The son of a physician, Constable Gévaudan was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris. A motorcycle mechanic who got fed up with his native country’s economic situation, he immigrated to Canada in 1991.
“He arrived with just his suitcase,” recalled a French friend who also settled in Montreal with him. “We had had enough of France. We were without family ties, we were on an adventure.”
After trying various ventures, he was working at the Garda security firm, when the friend saw ad for the RCMP and suggested that they sign up.
Following his graduation from the training academy in February 2008, Constable Gévaudan was posted to New Brunswick where he was a general-duty officer.
He was also a member of the RCMP dive unit and sometimes had the gruesome task of recovering drowned people.
“He loved his job. He was part of the diving unit, not just road patrols but also rescue operations, searches, recovering bodies,” the friend recalled.
An avid runner who participated in marathons, Constable Gévaudan also competed in shooting events.
Firearms instructor Mo Hepworth, who gave a shooting class attended by Constable Gévaudan, remembered that they attended several shooting events together.
On one occasion in the fall 2012, they were returning home and an exhausted Mr. Hepworth asked the officer to take over the driving.
Between Charlo and Bathurst, Constable Gévaudan had to swerve twice to avoid hitting two moose. “That was great,” he told Mr. Hepworth, who replied, “We just cheated death, you know.”
Constable Gévaudan was married and had an eight-year stepdaughter. He had recently returned on duty after being on sick leave because of a head wound suffered while on duty.
Constable Gévaudan kept his sense of humour around the people he worked with in the community.
Corey Ferguson, a residential group home youth worker, kept in regular contact with the officer a year and a half ago when one of the youths kept running away.
“I was pretty stressed,” Ms. Ferguson says, but Constable Gévaudan was understanding, personal and funny.
“He teased me often,” she says. He would make Ms. Ferguson guess how to spell out his name every time she needed to put it on a report, so she’d remember it – “which worked,”