According to police in Edmundston, NB, the incident happened around 2:30 am, when police received a request to check on the well-being of a woman at an apartment building in the town. An officer shot the woman and she died at the apartment, according to police. "They were going there to check on her, not kill her", Grace Frank, Moore's grandmother, said in a Facebook post.
Christian Leuprecht, a professor at the Royal Military College and the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, said this is highlighting the impact of defunding social services that could have taken the place of the officer. "She was so lovable and caring".
Moore then moved to Surrey with her aunt Corinne, then to Campbell River, where she met Gracie's father. She said she was not aware that Moore had any mental health issues. "We can't solve all of this overnight, but we need to make a change - and we need to start today". "We can't believe it. She would never attack anybody".
Quebec's independent police investigation agency has begun investigating the Edmundston shooting at the request of the RCMP, which is providing forensic support.
The responding police officer was confronted at the scene by a woman holding a knife who made threats.
Miller said he wants answers, and the family deserves answers, quickly. "I can't process that".
"We're very close-knit communities", council vice-president Mariah Charleson said.
"He was anxious about her", she said.
Those comments come days after the federal government announced an action plan resulting from a Commission on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls will have to wait, due to the pandemic. "You look at it and you say: 'Yes there will be an independent investigation, ' but frankly, along with many Canadians, Indigenous peoples living in Canada, politicians, I'm pissed, I'm outraged". She says her sister called her every day, and they'd spoken around 10:40 p.m. PT the night before she died.
He said generally if someone calls to ask for a wellness check, that's "triaged" by the dispatchers based on the call's credibility.
When pressed by reporters about possible solutions, Trudeau said he would speak to Cabinet and police officials, but didn't have any specifics.
He was reacting to the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet. The 29-year-old fell from the balcony of a 24th-floor Toronto apartment while police were in the home.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Canada needs a reckoning over a repeated and disgusting pattern of police violence against Indigenous people. "But we also wonder, where is the outrage when young First Nations women and girls die violently in Canada, year after year?" she asked.
An online petition calling for the Edmundston police officer to face criminal charges had collected about 6,400 names by mid-afternoon Friday, while a Go Fund Me page had raised about $80,000 for Moore's family.
- With files from Liam Casey in Toronto and Amy Smart in Vancouver.