Friday, June 6, 2014

Canada: Update--RCMP, Provincial Police Still Searching for Shooter Who Shot, Killed Three RCMP Officers, Injured Two Others

According to The Associated Press, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and provincial police continued to comb the streets and woods of Moncton, New Brunswick, population 69,000, on Friday (June 6) in search of an assailant who shot and killed three RCMP officers and injured two others, the worst police shooting in over a decade. 

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was armed two with high-powered shoulder weapons and was spotted three times while eluding the manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their locked homes in Moncton. 
 
Dozens of police officers could be seen in a part of the search perimeter with their weapons drawn, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patroling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security vehicles were prominently visible.

Police were using air support, tactical teams and canine units, she said. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and elsewhere from across Canada were involved.

COMMENT: Bourque was spotted three times around the search area on Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening (June 4).

Canada's Parliament observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-mast.

It was the deadliest attack on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since four officers were killed by a gunman on a farm in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005. That attack remains the deadliest on Canadian police officers in 120 years.

Schools and government offices were closed, and the city pulled its buses off the roads. Mail delivery was also suspended.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers underwent surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday (June 5) and met with their families. One was later released from hospital.

The homicides were the first this year in this city of 69,000 people about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border. RCMP Constable Damien Theriault said Moncton had no homicides last year.

The three RCMP officers were the first Canadian police killed in the line of duty since March 2013, when a police officer in northern Québec was shot after responding to a domestic violence call.

According to the RCMP  website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

Associated Press Writer Benjamin Shingler in Montreal also contributed.

This report will be updated daily until Bourque is either apprehended or killed.