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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was armed with high-powered long firearms. He was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Police urged residents to keep their doors locked and to turn on exterior lights to help the search.

“Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” Farrah said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

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

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers were wounded.

Police did not identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunswick and our country,” Brown said.

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.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and heard gunfire ring out on Wednesday, said he met Bourque in 2010 when they were both working at the same warehouse. Fitzpatrick hadn’t seen him much since he quit that job two years later, but stopped by Bourque’s place five days ago after hearing he had gotten a new job at a food depot. Bourque lived in a trailer home with a male roommate, Fitzpatrick said. 

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home, where he was on lockdown. Fitzpatrick said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police. 

“It was never something that we took serious because we actually know him, as friends,” he said.  ”He lost it. The guy lost it.”

Fitzpatrick said he heard Wednesday’s shooting from inside his home and then walked to Bourque’s place when he heard it might be him. The door was open and Bourque’s wallet was on the table, he said. 

Fitzpatrick said Bourque had a collection of guns and was “an avid hunter” of birds, deer and moose. 

“He never missed a season,” Fitzpatrick said.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press Writer Benjamin Shingler in Montreal also contributed.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was armed with high-powered long firearms. He was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Police urged residents to keep their doors locked and to turn on exterior lights to help the search.

“Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” Farrah said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

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

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers were wounded.

Police did not identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunswick and our country,” Brown said.

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.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and heard gunfire ring out on Wednesday, said he met Bourque in 2010 when they were both working at the same warehouse. Fitzpatrick hadn’t seen him much since he quit that job two years later, but stopped by Bourque’s place five days ago after hearing he had gotten a new job at a food depot. Bourque lived in a trailer home with a male roommate, Fitzpatrick said. 

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home, where he was on lockdown. Fitzpatrick said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police. 

“It was never something that we took serious because we actually know him, as friends,” he said.  ”He lost it. The guy lost it.”

Fitzpatrick said he heard Wednesday’s shooting from inside his home and then walked to Bourque’s place when he heard it might be him. The door was open and Bourque’s wallet was on the table, he said. 

Fitzpatrick said Bourque had a collection of guns and was “an avid hunter” of birds, deer and moose. 

“He never missed a season,” Fitzpatrick said.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press Writer Benjamin Shingler in Montreal also contributed.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was armed with high-powered long firearms. He was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Police urged residents to keep their doors locked and to turn on exterior lights to help the search.

“Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” Farrah said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

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

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers were wounded.

Police did not identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunswick and our country,” Brown said.

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.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights on and the driver’s side door left ajar, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he didn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Christian Duquette, a neighbor of Bourque’s, said the suspect attracted little attention in the small Moncton trailer park where he lived.

“He was a loner. He was never out in the park socializing. Aside from that, he was just your average Joe in a trailer park,” Duquette said.

Duquette, 37, said he last saw the young man about a week ago in the drab white trailer on Pioneer Avenue, where he lived with at least one roommate. The street is adjacent to a suburb where police say Bourque confronted them Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. and opened fire.

Other residents said they had seen Bourque walking up the middle of Pioneer Avenue just before that, armed with at least one gun and in camouflage clothing.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Gillies reported from Toronto.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was armed with high-powered long firearms. He was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Police urged residents to keep their doors locked and to turn on exterior lights to help the search.

“Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” Farrah said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

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

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers were wounded.

Police did not identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunswick and our country,” Brown said.

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.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights on and the driver’s side door left ajar, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he didn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Christian Duquette, a neighbor of Bourque’s, said the suspect attracted little attention in the small Moncton trailer park where he lived.

“He was a loner. He was never out in the park socializing. Aside from that, he was just your average Joe in a trailer park,” Duquette said.

Duquette, 37, said he last saw the young man about a week ago in the drab white trailer on Pioneer Avenue, where he lived with at least one roommate. The street is adjacent to a suburb where police say Bourque confronted them Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. and opened fire.

Other residents said they had seen Bourque walking up the middle of Pioneer Avenue just before that, armed with at least one gun and in camouflage clothing.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Gillies reported from Toronto.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Farrah urged residents to keep their doors locked. “Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” she said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

The 24-year-old suspect, Justin Bourque, was spotted three times around the search area Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers were wounded.

Police declined to identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunswick and our country,” Brown said.

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.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights on and the driver’s side door left ajar, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he didn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Christian Duquette, a neighbor of Bourque’s, said the suspect attracted little attention in the small trailer park where he lived.

“He was a loner. He was never out in the park socializing. Aside from that, he was just your average Joe in a trailer park,” Duquette told The Associated Press.

Duquette, 37, said he last saw the young man about a week ago in the drab white trailer on Pioneer Avenue, where he lived with at least one roommate. The street is adjacent to a suburb where police say Bourque confronted them Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. and opened fire.

Other residents said they had seen Bourque walking up the middle of Pioneer Avenue just before that, armed with at least one gun and in camouflage clothing.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Farrah urged residents to keep their doors locked. “Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” she said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

The 24-year-old suspect, Justin Bourque, was spotted three times around the search area Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man at the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

Police declined to identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights on and the driver’s side door left ajar, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he didn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007. Constable Douglas Scott was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

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 patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah told a news conference Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Farrah urged residents to keep their doors locked. “Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” she said. “I know it’s hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

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.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

The 24-year-old suspect, Justin Bourque, was spotted three times around the search area Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said. “He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man at the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

Police declined to identify the dead or injured officers.

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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

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

Police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

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

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain indoors with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights on and the driver’s side door left ajar, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he didn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter had been locked down in their home for hours. Holt’s wife worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots, and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, the last officer to die from a gunshot wound was on Nov. 5, 2007. Constable Douglas Scott was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

In 1974, two Moncton officers were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of a normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

A large number of police officers could be seen in a part of the search perimeter with their weapons drawn, some peeking around buildings. Others were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

Officers, including members of a tactical unit, were seen in front of one building but later left.

Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around the search area Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said.

“He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening. Three officers were killed after responding to a call about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack on the RCMP 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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

“Quite honestly I don’t know where he is at this time,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown said.

Police officers from across the country have been brought in to help arrest the suspect, Brown said.

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

Police have commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

Brown said the two wounded officers underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families.

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw two blood-stained police vehicles on separate streets.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Tim Holt said he and his daughter have been locked down in his home for hours. Holt’s wife had worked late Wednesday and wasn’t allowed to join her family. She said she’s worried and scared.

“I’ve just been locked in with my baby girl,” Holt said by telephone as his 1-year-old daughter Leigha babbled in the background.

“I’ve got the radio and the news channel on. … I’ve been going from the backyard window to the front door and back to the backyard. It’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s all I can do.”

A few blocks away, Conrad Gagnon, 53, said he was playing a video game in his living room when he spotted a man through a window.

“It was like he was meditating on something and talking … like somebody on drugs and living in his own world,” he said. “He was talking to himself. I saw his lips moving.”

Shortly afterward, Gagnon said he heard gunfire.

“I heard five or six shots and after that another five or six shots,” he said.

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

Based on information from the RCMP’s Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

In 1974, two Moncton cops were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of a normally tranquil city Thursday in search of a man who killed three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the massive manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is very rare.

A large number of police officers could be seen in a part of the search perimeter with their weapons drawn, some peeking around buildings. Others were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

Officers, including members of a tactical unit, were seen in front of one building.

Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around the search area Thursday morning, said RCMP Commander Marlene Snowman.

Police said Bourque has high powered long firearms, ammunition and other items. He was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said.

“He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, which occurred Wednesday evening when three officers were killed after responding to a call about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack on the RCMP 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.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

“Quite honestly I don’t know where he is at this time,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown said.

Police officers from across the country have been brought in to help arrest the suspect, Brown said.

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

Police have commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

Brown said two officers underwent surgery for non-life threatening wounds in hospital Thursday and he met with the families of the officers who were shot.

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Walmart Canada said Bourque worked at Walmart in Moncton four years ago, but said he has not worked for them since 2010.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. and saw two police vehicles on different streets with blood inside.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

Based on information from the RCMP’s Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

In 1974, two Moncton cops were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton, police said.

Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around the search area of Moncton, said RCMP Commander Marlene Snowman. Police said he has high powered long firearms, ammunition and other items.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said.

“He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting – the deadliest attack on the RCMP in nearly a decade. The three officers were killed after responding to a call about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

Heavily armed RCMP officers are combing streets and woods in search of the suspect, who was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

“Quite honestly I don’t know where he is at this time,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown said.

Police officers from across the country have been brought in to help arrest the suspect, Brown said.

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

Police have commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

Brown said two officers underwent surgery for non-life threatening wounds in hospital Thursday and he met with the families of the officers who were shot.

He did not release the names of the officers who were shot because police were still notifying relatives.

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Authorities warned people to expect roadblocks and traffic disruptions.

Police commandeered two Brink’s trucks and other private armored vehicles and entered the neighborhood.

Walmart Canada said suspect worked at Walmart in Moncton four years ago, but said he has not worked for them since 2010.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. and saw two police vehicles on different streets with blood inside.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

Based on information from the RCMP’s Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Wednesday’s shooting brought back memories of when four RCMP officers were killed by a gunman on a farm in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005. That attack remains the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years.

In 1974, two Moncton cops were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton, police said.

Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around the search area of Moncton, said RCMP Commander Marlene Snowman. Police said he has high powered long firearms, ammunition and other items.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said.

“He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting – the deadliest attack on the RCMP in nearly a decade. The three officers were killed after responding to a call about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

Heavily armed RCMP officers are combing streets and woods in search of the suspect, who was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

“Quite honestly I don’t know where he is at this time,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown said.

Police officers from across the country have been brought in to help arrest the suspect, Brown said.

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

Police have commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

Brown said two officers underwent surgery for non-life threatening wounds in hospital Thursday and he met with the families of the officers who were shot.

He did not release the names of the officers who were shot because police were still notifying relatives.

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Authorities warned people to expect roadblocks and traffic disruptions.

Police commandeered two Brink’s trucks and other private armored vehicles and entered the neighborhood.

Walmart Canada said suspect worked at Walmart in Moncton four years ago, but said he has not worked for them since 2010.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. and saw two police vehicles on different streets with blood inside.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

Based on information from the RCMP’s Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Wednesday’s shooting brought back memories of when four RCMP officers were killed by a gunman on a farm in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005. That attack remains the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years.

In 1974, two Moncton cops were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton, police said.

Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around the search area of Moncton, said RCMP Commander Marlene Snowman. Police said he has high powered long firearms, ammunition and other items.

At one point, he was seen coming in and out of a wooded area, Snowman said.

“He’s capable of moving into the wooded area and out,” she said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting – the deadliest attack on the RCMP in nearly a decade. The three officers were killed after responding to a call about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Two other officers are being treated for non-life-threatening wounds.

Snowman said Bourque was not known to police.

Heavily armed RCMP officers are combing streets and woods in search of the suspect, who was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

“Quite honestly I don’t know where he is at this time,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown said.

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

Police have commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors.

The two injured officers were being treated for non-life-threatening wounds.

“The RCMP family is hurting. As is Moncton, New Brunwick and our country,” Brown said.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Authorities warned people to expect roadblocks and traffic disruptions.

Police commandeered two Brink’s trucks and other private armored vehicles and entered the neighborhood.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. and saw two police vehicles on different streets with blood inside.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

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

Based on information from the RCMP’s Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Wednesday’s shooting brought back memories of when four RCMP officers were killed by a gunman on a farm in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005. That attack remains the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years.

In 1974, two Moncton cops were kidnapped, shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Hunt on for Canadian suspected in police killings

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Canadian police commandeered armored trucks and told residents to stay indoors Thursday while they hunted for a man suspected of killing three officers in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton.

Heavily armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers combed streets and woods in search of 24-year-old Justin Bourque, who was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter. Schools and government offices were closed, and the city pulled its buses off the roads. Mail delivery was suspended.

RCMP Const. Damien Theriault said police responded to a call Wednesday evening about an armed man in the north end of Moncton. Three of the responding officers were killed and two were wounded.

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

“We have been blessed until this point,” Theriault told The Associated Press.

Police released a map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. Families hunkered down in their basements.

Authorities warned people to expect roadblocks and traffic disruptions.

Police commandeered two Brink’s trucks and other private armored vehicles and entered the neighborhood.

Theriault broke down in tears at a media briefing Wednesday, saying he personally knew the officers. Unable to complete his sentence, he excused himself.

The two injured officers were being treated for non life-threatening wounds.

Daniel St. Louis, a commercial photographer, said he came upon the scene around 8:30 p.m. and saw two police vehicles on different streets with blood inside.

One of the vehicles, a marked police cruiser, was surrounded by shattered glass. The other, an unmarked SUV with its lights still on and the driver’s side door left open, had several bullet holes through its front windshield.

“I walked over and I saw two feet, facing the street, toes up,” said St. Louis, 51. “I realized, `Oh my God. There’s somebody down.’ As I got close, I realized it was an officer and this is not a good situation.”

St. Louis said he doesn’t know what to make of the tragedy.

“Our quiet little city, what is going on here?” he said. “How is this happening to us? It always happens to somebody else.”

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

“It’s devastating. I don’t know if he was on a hunt for them, or what,” he said.

Police had a number of roads in the city blocked and traffic was backed up on major arteries across the city. Drivers were asked to stay out of the area.

“It is a terrible tragedy,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “We as a city must pull together as a family to support those who have suffered losses.”

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on the east coast.

The shootings brought back memories of when four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005 in the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years. They had been investigating a farm in Mayerthrope, a hamlet in Alberta, when a man shot them. The gunman was killed.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Brussels for a meeting of the G-7 group of nations, offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.