Sure, it is important. These are our protectors. We honour them for doing this work.
This incident brings up Gun Control. Not much spoken of it so far, its the wrong 'evidence' for conservative media. It shows that "long guns" are dangerous in criminal acts.
It also shows that Canada's gun control laws didn't help, but thats because of they way they were applied, not that gun control doesn't work.
This guy didn't need a gun permit for hunting. We needed himn to be banned from all guns. Hunting just doesn't over-ride public of police safety.
The gun control and its high price to taxpayers isn't working if they murderers have guns for hunting season.
Its also evidence that the "long guns" also need to be controlled.
Sympathies to all police people, we honor your courage to continue doing your job despite the dangers.