Constable David Ross
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 54868
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.
Originally from Victoriaville, Que., Constable Ross had been posted in New Brunswick since 2007. A K-9 squad dog handler, he is the father of a young boy and his wife is expecting another child. After being posted to Moncton, he married a local nurse, Rachael Vander Ploeg.
Shortly after arriving in Moncton, Constable Ross started attending Hillside Baptist Church regularly, which is located about two kilometres from where the gunman lived.
It was at the Hillside church that the officer met his future wife, Ms. Vander Ploeg, said another churchgoer, Charles Doucet.
Four years ago the couple was married at the church.
“He said he considered himself very lucky to have married such a great woman,” Mr. Doucet recalled.
Constable Ross was not a loquacious man but he was friendly and humble, he said.
Jerry Reddy, Hillside Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor, met Constable Ross shortly after he arrived in Moncton and described him as a man of great integrity who has been a vital part of the church’s community.
He said that the church feels blessed by the impact that Constable Ross had on their lives
“It wasn’t a job, it was really a calling and he just had a passion about being a Mountie,” said Mr. Reddy “For him it was an opportunity … he felt that he had been blessed and wanted to be a blessing to others by serving our community in that way and we just all are indebted to him. He paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Constable Ross’s modest home sits just 100 metres from the wooded area where police arrested Mr. Bourque early Friday. Neighbours said he would always exchange gifts with them at Christmas, such as wine or cookies. He was rarely seen without his police dog at his side.
“There are just no words to describe how broken up we are about this," said one neighbour. “He was not only a police officer but a very good friend.”
Other neighbours simply teared up at the mention of his name.
Constable Ross’s mother, Hélène Rousseau, told reporters Friday that she last spoke to her son two days ago through FaceTime. She said her son loved his country and died doing what he loved.
“I have good memories because before leaving him, two days before his death, and every time he would hang up, it was always ‘never forget how much I love you,’ ” she said in French while fighting back tears. “He’s my hero and I’m really proud of him.”