Canadian city on lockdown for manhunt
Moncton – The Canadian city of Moncton remains on lockdown as authorities hunt for a man accused of shooting five police officers, killing three, yesterday. The two wounded
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers have undergone surgery and are said to be in stable condition.
Officials say the suspect, Justin Bourque, 24, was spotted multiple times early this morning. Officials have warned people to stay inside and lock their doors.
“We have an armed and dangerous individual and we do not know where he is,” RCMP Commanding Officer Roger Brown told reporters, asking citizens to remain “vigilant”.
RCMP Superintendent Marlene Snowman warned that the suspect was carrying high-powered firearms.
“He’s not known to us; he’s a young person,” she said. “We’re doing a complete investigation to learn as much as we can about him, about his history, what may have sparked this.”
New Brunswick’s Premier David Alward said he felt “incredible grief” stemming from the incident.
The officers were shot while responding to a report of an armed man at the north-west side of the town at about 11 p.m. yesterday.
“We opened up the windows in the family room and there he was going across through the back with this rifle on his shoulder,” witness Joan MacAlpine-Stiles told Canadian media.
“I said, ‘Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him’.”
Police established roadblocks in an effort to seal a perimeter around the residential area and combed nearby woods, searching through the night and into the morning.
“There’s no question that we’re going to continue this search in order to apprehend him,” Superintendent Snowman said. (BBC)