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In Canada: Shooting suspect caught

Friday, June 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:59 AM

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- The man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was arrested unarmed and without incident earlier today after a massive manhunt, officials said.

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, suspected in the deadliest attack on the ranks of Canada's national police force in nearly a decade.

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

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw the man arrested in the front yard of her Moncton 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. The injured officers are Const. Darlene Goguen and Const. Eric Dubois.

Much of this normally tranquil 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 Neighbors of the suspect described a withdrawn man who collected guns and was an avid hunter of birds, deer and moose.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 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.

     

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