A forensics truck is parked at the scene where one of the Moncton RCMP officers was shot and killed on Wednesday night. Many streets in the area of the shootings were still closed on Friday. The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was arrested nearby just after midnight, early Friday morning.
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RCMP in New Brunswick are continuing their investigation into the shooting deaths of three officers and the wounding of two others that took place last Wednesday in Moncton.
Police are advising residents in the north end of Moncton that they will continue to notice an increased police presence in the area over the coming weeks.
The RCMP, with the assistance of forensic identification experts, explosives disposal units, police dog section, emergency response personnel, ground search and rescue personnel and other law enforcement agencies, will be conducting searches and canvassing area residents as part of the investigation.
"Residents are reminded to continue to respect any police barricades that may be set up in your area and to stay away from the designated search areas," said Cpl. Chantal Farrah, New Brunswick RCMP's media relations officer.
In order to assist with the investigation, police are asking anyone who may have photos or videos of the sequence of events, including the shootings and the suspect's movements leading up to, during and after the shootings to contact police.
"Any photos or videos connected to the incident on Wednesday evening are considered evidence and can greatly assist us in the investigation," said Farrah. "Anyone, especially those who were under lockdown in the search perimeter of the north end of Moncton, with original photos and videos of the incident are asked to contact police."
Police are also asking the residents of Moncton North who were under lockdown to have a look around their property for evidence.
"We are looking for any evidence that could be related to the shooting," added Farrah. "We are asking residents to do a visual inspection of their properties. If anyone finds anything that does not belong to them, do not touch or disturb the article and call the Codiac Regional RCMP immediately."
"Moncton North is a close knit community. I encourage residents to check on the well-being of their neighbours and remind each other to turn in any evidence of the shooting that they may have in their possession. Any outstanding evidence could be crucial for the investigation."
Anyone with information about the Moncton shooting is asked to contact Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400.