RCMP thought for a time the suspect responsible for killing three officers and injuring two more Wednesday evening was in a building near the corner of Killam Drive and Mountain Road in Moncton Thursday afternoon.
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An ordeal lasting more than a day, keeping many in the Moncton area on edge, is over.
RCMP in New Brunswick announced just after 1 a.m. June 6 that 24-year-old Justin Bourque, the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Mounties and the injury of two more, was in police custody.
"Justin Bourque arrested by RCMP at 12:10 in Moncton. He is in police custody. Residents of north Moncton can now leave their homes," said a tweet from RCMP New Brunswick at 1:30 a.m.
At a press conference just after 8 a.m. this morning, RCMP confirmed Bourque was arrested in a wooded area near Wheeler Boulevard and Mountain Road in the city and criminal charges are pending.
According to a press release from the force, the man “surrendered without incident after he was apprehended by police and is currently in custody. While police recovered weapons close by, the accused had none on him at the time of the arrest.”
The officers who were killed are Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Quebec; Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France, and Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Police officials say the two injured officers are recovering.
"This is a trying time for our members as we have lost three of our own and two more are hospitalized. I commend our members for their dedication and professionalism as they were able to stay focused on the task at hand and getting results throughout this ordeal bringing the situation to a quick end. The work of our members was professional and effective. They deserve my utmost respect," stated Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, Commanding Officer of RCMP in New Brunswick.
The hunt for Bourque started just after 7:30 p.m. June 4 when three officers responding to a complaint in north-end Moncton were fatally wounded. RCMP rushed into the area from throughout the province, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., while residents in the area were locked down in their homes, told to keep their doors locked and to stay off the street.
Bourque was reportedly seen three times early June 5. During the afternoon, police cordoned off a portion of Mountain Road in Moncton, converging on a rooming house on information he may have been there.
All schools and many businesses in the Moncton area were shut down for the day and police urged people to remain in their homes for a second night. RCMP NB asked residents to turn on their homes' outdoor lights to help police with the search.