‘What if, what if, what if:’ inquiry hears details about Alberta Mountie’s death

David Wynn, 42, was gunned down by Shaun Rehn, 34, a career criminal wanted on warrants

The widow of an Alberta RCMP officer killed while trying to make an arrest spoke at a fatality inquiry Thursday to the mother of the man who pulled the trigger.

“My heart hurts because you lost your son,” Shelly Wynn said to Monalisa Rehn, whose son, Shaun Rehn, gunned down Const. David Wynn, at an Edmonton-area casino before killing himself in 2015.

“He was failed. We are failed.”

Wynn spoke at the end of a two-day inquiry into the events surrounding the two deaths.

David Wynn, 42, had been investigating a stolen truck in the parking lot of the Apex Casino in St. Albert, just north of Edmonton.

Shaun Rehn, 34, was a career criminal wanted on warrants who had been released on bail on various charges in Edmonton four months earlier.

After shooting Wynn in the head and wounding another officer in the casino, Rehn broke into a nearby abandoned home and shot himself in the face as officers surrounded it.

The inquiry also heard details about Rehn’s last bail hearing. At the time, police officers often stood in for Crown prosecutors in such hearings.

Edmonton police Const. Wilson Quan testified that he acted for the Crown at Rehn’s hearing and consented to his release.

At first he wanted Rehn held in custody, Quan said. But after discussions with Rehn’s lawyer, who argued there were problems with the charges and Rehn was turning his life around, Quan agreed to a joint bail submission.

“We went back and forth,” Quan said. “We eventually came down to the amount of $4,500.”

Based on information he had at the time, Quan said he believes he made the right decision.

“In hindsight …,” he said, not finishing the sentence.

Loreena Harris, a lawyer appearing for the Edmonton Police Service, told court that Quan had done everything right.

“If Crown counsel had handled (the hearing), there is no evidence before the court that the outcome would have been any different,” she said.

Shelly Wynn made a similar point when she addressed the inquiry.

Quan said outside court that he was touched by the widow’s support.

“Whenever a fellow police officer dies and you get pointed at the blame, you always have hindsight and you think what if, what if, what if,” Quan told reporters.

“I knew I didn’t do anything wrong. However, it never erases the feeling.”

Rehn’s mother told the hearing that her son had a difficult, drug-warped youth.

“You get with the wrong crowd, you’re pressed to do wrong things,” she later said outside court.

“He ended up in jail. You go in there and you come out worse.”

Shelly Wynn acknowledged that measures have already been taken to prevent a similar situation happening again.

Bail hearings in Alberta are now handled by Crown prosecutors. Activities for RCMP auxiliary constables have also been restricted.

Other changes still need to be made, Wynn said, such as improvements to RCMP radio equipment that are taking too long.

But the real issues that led to her husband’s death lay beyond the inquiry, she said.

Shelly Wynn has started a foundation in her husband’s name to try and help future Shaun Rehns make better choices, she said.

“Entering the school systems and trying to break that cycle, identifying children who do need the help and do not have the support at home and giving them the support that they need,” she said.

Provincial court Judge Bruce Garriock will now write his report. Fatality inquiries are not held to establish blame, but to develop recommendations to prevent similar events from occurring.

“This is truly a sad and tragic situation,” he said as he closed the proceedings.

READ MORE: Lawsuit against Nunavut RCMP claims force losing touch with Inuit

READ MORE: RCMP find ammunition, machete after searching for ATV reported stolen

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Shots fired during Sylvan Lake and area crime spree

Sylvan Lake RCMP worked with other agencies to arrest four over the long weekend

Sylvan Lake McDonald’s raises more than $5,000 during McHappy Day

Year to date, the Sylvan Lake location has raised over $13,000 through fundraising efforts

Red Deer County firefighters dispatched to High Level

Four crew members and a fire engine are assisting in battling the out of control wild fire

Sylvan Lake family ‘humbled’ by support as son undergoes cancer treatment

Zane Baker was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017 and will now travel to Florida for treatment

Sylvan Lake increases Municipal Enforcement activity along lakefront

With more activity in the downtown and lakefront area, officers will be more visible during summer

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Alberta NDP cries foul as Speaker Cooper names new legislature clerk

Shannon Dean will replace Merwan Saher as the clerk of the assembly effective immediately

‘Her life mattered:’ New trial ordered in death of Indigenous woman Cindy Gladue

In a 4-3 decision, Supreme Court said evidence about Cindy Gladue’s sexual history was mishandled

Emergency funds for High Level evacuees to start flowing by Monday

About 5,000 people in High Level and surrounding communities have been out of their homes for a week

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

No-vote option: Alberta legislature changing rules to allow MLAs to abstain

The changes are expected to pass, given that Kenney’s party has a majority of seats

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read