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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a news conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife, who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a news conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife, who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a news conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife, who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was caught and charged Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools and forced residents to hide inside their homes of this eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness heard him tell police.

Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential part of Moncton, New Brunswick, where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque, suspected in the deadliest attack on Canada’s national police force in nearly a decade.

Armed with high-powered long firearms, Bourque was spotted three times Thursday as he evaded the manhunt that all but shut down the normally tranquil city about of about 60,000 people east of the Maine border. Nearly 300 police officers searched for Bourque, who was seen going in and out of a wooded area.

RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman said Bourque was arrested at 12:10 a.m. She said he wasn’t carrying any weapons, but some were found nearby. Prosecutors and police declined to comment when asked if the guns were acquired legally.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man in the front yard of her home and heard him say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Bearded and shaggy-haired, Bourque made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. In aqua-colored jail clothes, he stared ahead intently, clearly paying attention but showing little emotion. He nodded when the judge said his name.

He will be back in court July 3 as he seeks a lawyer. A court appointed legal aid attorney represented him Friday.

Prosecutors say they were not requesting a psychiatric evaluation, seeing no need for one. The defense agreed.

There was a high-level security at the appearance, including officers with drawn weapons outside the courtroom.

Roger Brown, commanding officer of RCMP in New Brunswick, choked back tears as he addressed media earlier Friday.

“Fortunately most people will never have to experience what our officers have gone through in the last two days,” he said. “I can’t dig deep enough to explain the sadness that we all feel.”

Brown identified the dead as Constables David Ross, 32, originally of Victoriaville, Quebec; Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, originally of Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“It’s been a very challenging 30 hours for the officers that got this job done,” Snowman said. “It will take some time to heal, but together we will get there.”

Ross’ mother Helene Rousseau said she was sad for her son’s wife who has a one-year-old and is due to have a second child in September.

“It’s going to be difficult. These children won’t remember of course. They will not have had the opportunity of knowing their father,” Rousseau said.

Snowman and other RCMP officials did not release any more details about Bourque’s arrest or the circumstances of the shooting, citing their ongoing investigation. Details will be made public in court, she said.

Police have not spoken about a possible motive for the shootings. In a photo released earlier by police on Twitter, Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

Moncton residents reacted to Bourque’s arrest – and the lift of a lockdown while police scoured the city – with a mix of relief and grief. 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. A vigil was planned at the station Friday night.

“It goes from fear to happiness to joy to sadness,” said Lynne Lannigan. “At this point it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related or not.”

Residents of Bourque’s trailer park said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate. Neighbors described him as a withdrawn gun collector and avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to his trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had stopped by Bourque’s trailer just five days ago. He said Bourque “obviously had things on his mind,” based on a stretch of recent Facebook posts about guns and the police, but did not take it seriously.

During the manhunt, police asked residents of the city’s northwest section to remain indoors with their doors locked and exterior lights on to help the search. Much of Moncton, including its popular downtown area, was completely shut down. Some businesses placed signs in windows saying they were closed because of the manhunt.

The city took its buses off the roads and closed schools and government offices. Mail delivery was suspended.

Police commandeered armored trucks and used air support, tactical teams and canine units. Dozens of officers patrolled the search area with their weapons drawn. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and across Canada participated.

Two other Mounties who were injured in the shooting were recovering and doing well, police said.

Gun violence is rare in eastern Canada. This 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.

Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto. Benjamin Shingler also contributed from Montreal. .

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Police say the man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was arrested unarmed and without incident earlier Friday.

Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to the New Brunswick location where they found 24-year-old Justin Bourque.

Supt. Marlene Snowman says Bourque was arrested in Moncton at 12:10 a.m. without incident. She says no weapons were on him, but were found nearby. Charges will be brought later Friday.

Michelle Thibodeau says she saw the man arrested in the front yard of her home and heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

RCMP Commander officer Roger Brown said identified the dead as Constables Fabrice Georges Gebordin, 45; David Ross, 32; and Douglas James Larche, 40.

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The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

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MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had identified the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” before his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people had been on lockdown, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the quiet streets.

A motive for the shootings was not known. Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound of gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer, found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents feared that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him? Did they catch him?’ It puts me on edge every time they ask,” she said.

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

Canada’s Parliament on Thursday observed a moment of silence and the flag on Parliament Hill flew at half-staff.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the two wounded officers had surgery for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday and he met with their families. One was later released from hospital. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick said he stopped by Bourque’s trailer five days ago.

“He seemed fine, it was a normal conversation,” Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press on Thursday by phone from his home.

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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.

Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties caught

KDWN

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.

Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:30 a.m., said Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP. Authorities had named the 24-year-old Bourque as their suspect after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

The attack on the Mounties’ ranks was the deadliest in nearly a decade.

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the Moncton man arrested in the front yard of her home. Thibodeau, 21, said she heard the suspect say, “I’m done,” prior to his arrest by officers with guns drawn.

Much of this normally quiet Canadian city of about 60,400 people was on lockdown prior to the arrest, with frightened residents huddled in their homes as Mounties scoured the eerily quiet streets in search of the man suspected of killing three of their own.

A motive for the shootings was not known, and neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.

“He never missed a season,” said Kerry Fitzpatrick, who lives half a block away from Bourque and was at home when he heard the sound gunfire. When he later heard Bourque might be the shooter, he walked over to Bourque’s trailer. He found an open door and Bourque’s wallet on the table.

“He lost it. The guy lost it,” Fitzpatrick said.

Bourque, who was armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times Thursday but still managed to elude the massive manhunt that all but shut down the city about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east of the Maine border.

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. They urged residents to turn on exterior lights to help the search. Many parts of Moncton, including much of its popular downtown area, were completely shut down, with some businesses placing signs in windows explaining they were closed because of the manhunt.

Schools and government offices were closed. The city pulled its buses off the roads and mail delivery was suspended. Police commandeered armored trucks.

Dozens of police officers with their weapons drawn could be seen in a part of the search area, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area.

Nervous residents who live in the same trailer park as Bourque said he was a quiet, seemingly reclusive man who shared a small, worn trailer with a roommate.

Neighbor Holly Tingley said before the capture that residents there were on edge, concerned that Bourque might return home.

“My kids keep asking me, `Did they catch him, did they catch him’,” she said. “It puts me on edge every time they ask.”

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

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

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

Police still have not released the identities of the three officers who were killed Wednesday night while responding to a call about an armed man. Two other officers, whose names also were not released, were wounded.

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.

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

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. Police said they were unsure when the released officer would return to the job.

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

Fitzpatrick, Bourque’s neighbor, 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.

“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.

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.

Shingler reported from Montreal. Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto also contributed.