Heidi Stevenson was a mother-of-two who had served the Canadian Mounted Police for 23 years.

Heidi Stevenson was declared dead by her colleagues in Canada (Picture: AFP)
A Canadian police officer has been named as one of at least 16 people who have been shot dead in a shooting in a rural part of the country.
Mother-of-two Heidi Stevenson, who had served as a Mountie for 23 years, was killed as she responded to the shootings by Gabriel Wortman, 51. He was eventually killed by her colleagues after a 12-hour manhunt.
His deadly rampage in Nova Scotia came to an end yesterday morning when police were alerted to shots being fired in Protapique, around 60 miles from Halifax.
Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said: What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible and many families are experiencing the loss of a loved one. That includes our own Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) family. It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you that we lost Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force who was killed this morning, while responding to an active shooter incident.
The gunman is believed to have been driving round in a fake police car (Picture: EPA)
Another officer was injured and is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Commissioner of the RCMP Brenda Lucki said that police knew of at least 16 victims while a local paper said an elementary school teacher was among the victims.
Several victims were discovered both outside and inside a house in Portapique, sparking the manhunt through multiple communities, police said.
RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said: The search for the suspect ended this morning when the suspect was located. And I can confirm that he is deceased.
Leather said that, at one point, the suspect appeared to be wearing part of a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like an RCMP cruiser.
RCMP tweeted several times that he was not an officer and warned he was considered armed and dangerous.
The gunman was on the run for 12 hours before he was shot dead by police (Picture: Reuters)
Police shot dead the suspect at a petrol station in Enfield (Picture: AFP)
Supt Leather added: The initial search for the suspect led to multiple sites in the area, including structures that were on fire.
Another police spokesperson said, without further details, that the gunman was killed after an officer intervened.
An independent agency, the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), which probes certain incidents involving the provinces police, said that it is investigating the shooting of a male in Enfield by RCMP officers.
SiRT said in a statement that a confrontation had occurred in Enfield, which is near the Halifax airport, resulting in officers discharging their firearms. The suspect was found to be deceased at the scene.
Police said they had no indication of a motive. Lucki told CBC there was no indication at this point of a terrorist intent.
The gunman was identified as Gabriel Wartman, 51
The fake police car that he used was involved in a crash and set on fire (Picture: Reuters)
RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a dog to a man at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Road (Picture: Reuters)
What I would say is that it appears to be, at least in part, very random in nature, said Leather.
We are in the early stages of an incredibly detailed and complex investigation that has forever changed countless lives, he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that he was saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia, and he hopes for a full recovery of the wounded.
The hunt for Wortman finally ended yesterday morning (Picture: Reuters)
Several victims were discovered both outside and inside a house in Portapique (Picture: Reuters)
A body is removed from the scene where the suspect was shot dead (Picture: AP)
The National Post quoted Tom Taggart, a councillor who represents Portapique in the Municipality of Colchester, as saying the community was devastated.
He described the community as a subdivision in the woods where people have acre lots along the shore, and where Wortman owned three properties.
Taggart added: Its absolutely unbelievable this could happen in our community. I never dreamt this would happen here.