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Man alleged to have killed Maple Ridge RCMP officer in court

Bellemare faces charges of first degree murder, attempted murder
Const. Rick O’Brien (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to Black Press Media)

The man charged with shooting and killing Maple Ridge RCMP Const. Rick O’Brien was back in court on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Nicholas Bellemare made a brief video appearance in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court, and the case was put over until March 19.

Bellemare, a 25-year-old Coquitlam resident, is charged with first degree murder, and attempted murder with a firearm. Killing peace officers automatically results in first degree murder charges.

On Sept. 22, 2023 at approximately 10 a.m., several Ridge Meadows RCMP officers were executing a warrant at a Coquitlam residence as part of an ongoing drug investigation. Police allege that in an altercation with Bellemare shots were fired, killing O’Brien and injuring another officer. A third officer sustaining non-firearm-related injuries.

The suspect was also wounded by gunfire.

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O’Brien, 51 when he died, had been a Mountie for seven years. He was a Langley resident, and a father with six children.

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Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

I have been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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