UPDATED: Suspect arrested in fatal Moncton shooting

The Canadian Press
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

MONCTON, N.B. — A nerve-wracking manhunt came to an end early Friday morning after police arrested the suspect wanted in one of the worst mass shootings in the RCMP’s history that left three Mounties dead and two others injured in Moncton, N.B.

Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP, said Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:10 a.m. bringing to a close a harrowing search that lasted nearly 30 hours.

Bourque, 24, was wanted after the shooting Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

Police including tactical officers began their manhunt Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m. when they responded to a call about a man walking along a road with what was believed to be a gun.

After the call, shots were fired and officers called for backup.

The RCMP said police officers from across the country were brought in to help arrest the suspect.

Bourque had evaded capture since the shootings, and at one point he was seen Thursday morning but officers were unable to arrest him after he went into a wooded area, the RCMP said.

Residents in the area where police searched were urged to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. But shortly after Bourque’s arrest, people were allowed outside their homes and roads that had been blockaded were reopened, Greene said.

The identities of the officers who were shot have not been released by police.

But late Thursday, the National Post identified one of the officers fatally shot as Const. Dave Ross, a police services dog handler with the RCMP. The newspaper quoted the sister-in-law of the man’s wife as saying he had a young son, with another child expected in September.

The shootings in Moncton evoked memories of an RCMP tragedy in Mayerthorpe, Alta., nine years ago when Constables Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon, Lionide (Leo) Nicholas Johnston, Brock Warren Myrol and Peter Christopher Schiemann were shot and killed.



Organizations: RCMP, Moncton Hospital

Geographic location: Moncton, Pinehurst, Canada Northern Quebec Mayerthorpe Halifax

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Curious
    June 06, 2014 - 00:11

    Have the subject's parents been reached for comment?

  • Grief-stricken neighbour
    June 05, 2014 - 23:34

    Praying for the RCMP for their continued strength and consolation, and for all of us who are suffering as a result of the Moncton tragedy ever since June 5, 2014. God help us all.

  • Dimples
    June 05, 2014 - 22:04

    Perhaps neighbors should be calling each other, in case he is holding someone hostage. If they are not answering and you know they are home it could be a clue.

  • Bob
    June 05, 2014 - 17:36

    Just another conservative gun nut US Tea Party wannabe. The type that claims only "the bad guys" do things like this, then do it themselves Look at his facebook page it will tell you all you need to know about the lingo and buzzwords these types use.

    • Neutral Party
      June 05, 2014 - 21:25

      says the guy using as many buzzwords as possible, if you look at his facebook page you'll also notice that he comes of as a severally troubled individual who clearly needed help. From reports it seems as though the people around him knew this and still did nothing

  • enough already
    June 05, 2014 - 16:31

    Actually a huge difference in what type of firearm was used. The media likes make make everything sound like an assault weapon. You can call this guy whatever you want, loser pathetic , what ever but that does not change the fact that so many young man have a grudge against society. What has alienated these young men that is the question the media and authorities have to figure out. Outlawing guns etc is not the answer but politicians like to use the easy way out not try to figure out what is really taking place.

    • bgong
      June 05, 2014 - 22:11

      Finally, someone who's actually able to see the forest through the trees. It's insane how many people feel righteous in pointing fingers rather than consider motives and get to the root of the problem.

  • a comment
    June 05, 2014 - 15:30

    Very sad situation. Just awful. I saw some officers on TV with no helmets on after the fact! I would think full gear , jackets, helmets, visors, what have you, would be in order automatically. Its horrific these poor officers died, I hope they get the gunman . So sorry for the families of the slain and the injured. Another thing...they told people to stay indoors and there's Steve Murphy, for an example, and a pastor in the middle of the road doing an interview!! Could the press not do an interview from indoors? Especially since they knew not where this gunman was.

  • Areyoukiddingme?
    June 05, 2014 - 14:43

    @ Till Allens, are you kidding me? Why bother posting such an obnoxious and insensitive comment? WHO cares whether he used a semi-automatic rifle or a pump action shotgun? He KILLED 3 RCMP officers, taking away someone's parent, child, sibling, etc and wounded 2 others who were simply doing their jobs trying to protect the citizens of NB. "No need to sensationalise the situation" in YOUR words.... I would say that it is a situation that has already been SENSATIONALIZED due to the fact that a psychotic madman decided that he had issues with authority probably because he is a pathetic loser with major insecurities in most areas of his life and feels that the only way he can get attention or make himself feel like a "man" is to do something as sickening as this.

    • Tim Allens
      June 05, 2014 - 17:23

      What happened was awfull and my condolences go out to the families but when reporting on something it helps to do some research and report facts not assumptions and hearsay

  • Just my opinion
    June 05, 2014 - 13:39

    I hope they take him out rather then take him in.

  • Till Allens
    June 05, 2014 - 11:07

    The firearms he used were not auromatic, the perpetrator had a semiautomatic rifle and a pump action shotgun, no need to sensationalise the situation.

    • Brian
      June 06, 2014 - 00:20

      Go back to Reddit. This isn't the place for dumb ignorant statements. Little respect for those lost please.