Saturday, June 7, 2014

Canada: Update--Justin Bourque, 24, Arrested by RCMP After a 30-Hour Manhunt

According to The Associated Press, Justin Bourque, 24, was taken into custody and charged with three murders and two attempted murders on Friday (June 6) ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools, forced residents to hide inside their homes and paralyzed Moncton, New Brunswick, with fear. 

Bourque appeared briefly in court on Friday, after he was charged in the second deadliest attack on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) in 130 years.

Bourque, who was represented by a court appointed legal aid attorney, is due back in court July 3. Prosecutors and the defense agreed that a psychiatric evaluation was not immediately necessary.

On Friday (June 6), police released the names of the victims: Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Québec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche, 40, of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of the RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed journalists.

COMMENT: Schools and businesses were closed for a day and police asked residents of the city's northwest section to lock themselves in their homes as nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque. A tip led police to a wooded, residential part of Moncton where they found Bourque at 1210 hours on Friday. 

The RCMP and provincial police are to be commended for their adherence to their sworn duties to take the assailant into custody.

Families and school groups placed flowers and notes on the steps of a downtown police station, where one person placed a portrait of a solemn Mounty atop a horse. Hundreds attended a vigil Friday night.