The parents of one of the young Mounties gunned down over two years ago are surprised but not shocked over murder charges being laid against two Alberta men that were known to the suspected shooter.
The RCMP have long believed that James Roszko, a known police hater, was the lone gunman that killed four officers on March 3, 2005, but first-degree murder charges announced Sunday illustrate that police now believe Roszko had some form of assistance in his fatal plan before turning the gun on himself.
Speaking to reporters outside their Red Deer home, Keith and Colleen Myrol said they always felt there was more to the case that saw their son Brock die in the line of duty alongside Constables Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston and Peter Schiemann.
They denied in a prepared statement, however, that RCMP investigators have been dragging their feet in a 28-month investigation, explaining that their son would be proud of a force that has pressed charges in the deadly incident on a farm near Mayerthorpe.
“They know what they are doing and if they didn't there would be no reason for them to continue,” they said. “Well, here’s the proof. The media was wrong, the RCMP were right. When the media politics stay out of the way of the RCMP, they can get things done.”
Colleen Myrol told Metro over the phone yesterday that investigations can take time while the public had an insatiable appetite for wanting to know the exact details.
Dennis Cheeseman, 23, and Shawn Hennesey, 28, both of Barrhead, Alta., are now charged with four counts each of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of the four Mounties.
Some residents of Barrhead have said they are shocked knowing two men from their town are accused of being linked to the murders — statements in stark contrast to the loud protest against Roszko when he was identified as the shooter over two years ago.
Cheeseman and Hennesey are scheduled to appear in Mayerthorpe provincial court on Thursday.