Flags at Nova Scotian government and police offices are lowered to half-mast today, June 5, in honour of three RCMP officers killed last night in Moncton.
The RCMP in Nova Scotia is sending resources to Moncton, N.B., as police continue searching for the suspect in the officers' death and the shooting of two other officers this morning,
A photo distributed by police on Twitter shows 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.
Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Sgt. Al LeBlanc couldn’t give specifics as to how many officers, or what specific units, are going to the New Brunswick city.
“The RCMP is a big family,” LeBlanc told Metro Halifax, while travelling to Moncton. “When tragedy strikes we want to support each other. We are going to go and support them.”
Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said they have had no request for officers, but are offering assistance if needed.
“We are all doing the same job. It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s hitting close to home,” Bourdages told Metro Halifax. “It’s very tough times.”
“We go to work everyday to help people. When something like this occurs, it’s very tragic. It’s difficult,” LeBlanc said.
“To say this is a terrible day, is an understatement.”
Amherst Police are also helping in Moncton.
Premier Stephen McNeil issued a statement on the situation in New Brunswick.
"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families, colleagues and friends of the RCMP officers in New Brunswick who lost their lives tragically Wednesday evening while protecting the citizens of Moncton," McNeil said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in New Brunswick at this difficult time"
Nova Scotia NDP leader Maureen MacDonald also released a statement this morning offering her sympathies on behalf of the NDP caucus.
“I can’t say how deeply shocked and saddened our caucus is by the loss of these honourable RCMP officers who were killed while protecting the public they serve. I want to send our deepest and sincere condolences to their families and colleagues who are suffering in this moment," MacDonald said. "This unthinkable situation is a painful reminder to us all that police professionals put their lives on the line every day to protect us.”
She also said she is sending thoughts and prayers to residents of the city.
“Moncton is our neighbor, MacDonald said. "We all know someone or have family in this area, and our caucus is watching with concern and praying for the safety of all citizens and police involved in this unbelievable horrific situation.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is in Brussels today, issued the following statement:
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of three RCMP officers
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by this tragedy. We also offer our prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured.
“This violent incident is a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities.
“The sacrifice of these brave officers will be honoured and remembered.
“Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones in their time of need. This is a sad time for the people of Moncton, the people of New Brunswick and for Canada.”
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With files from Metro Halifax