The Detectives

Season 3, Episode 6: Officer Down

An RCMP constable is found murdered, and detective Earl Peters must figure out who killed his colleague. Airdate: February 13 on CBC TV and CBC GEM.

An RCMP constable is found murdered, and Detective Earl Peters must figure out who killed his colleague

Officer Down (Sneak Peek)

4 years ago
Duration 2:01
Featured VideoAfter an RCMP constable is murdered on the job, two detectives visit his widow to tell her how he died. But in her grief, she throws a shocking and unexpected question at them.

AIRDATE: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

RCMP Detective Earl Peters is called out to a crime scene he will never forget. Lying motionless in the middle of a deserted service road near the Calgary Airport, in full uniform, is RCMP Constable Gordon Kowalczyk. The 35-year-old father of three has been shot dead, probably during a traffic stop. It's every cop's worst nightmare. Peters is willing to move heaven and earth to find the people responsible for this officer down… but will it be enough?

Why is this case important?

This episode sheds light on the constant threat of violence that comes with being a police officer. It's a reminder that even something as simple as a traffic stop can turn into a deadly encounter. This story also offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like for police when one of their own goes down.

About the detective

Bethany Farrell (Christine Soloman) is questioned by Detective Earl Peters (Shawn Doyle). (Amanda Amato)

Retired Inspector Earl Peters served the RCMP for over 35 years in various detachments throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. He is the recipient of the Long Service Medal (with gold clasp distinction) and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal. He retired in 2003 and currently lives with his wife in Alberta.

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