’I’m done,’ says suspect in Moncton RCMP shooting

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Published on June 05, 2014

Crowds gather by area of boarding house were RCMP ERT team is preparing to enter.

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An RCMP officer stands guard at the St. George overpass in Moncton. Vehicles are being checked for possible unwanted passengers.

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Former Yarmouth County resident Audrey Vaughan looks out of a window of her Moncton home on Thursday morning, June 5, as her family, like so many others, were on lockdown as an RCMP manhunt for a shooting suspect went on.

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 An unmarked police vehicle sits on Mailhot Avenue with the window shot out in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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RCMP officer Damien Theriault holds back tears while addressing the media during a press conference at City Hall in Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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Mayor George LeBlanc addresses the media during a late press conference at City Hall in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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RCMP officer Damien Theriault and Mayor George LeBlanc pause to collect themselves before addressing the media during a late press conference at City Hall in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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A car sits on a road with it's windows shot out and blood on the ground in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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RCMP officer Damien Theriault, left, and Mayor George LeBlanc hug after addressing the media during a late press conference at City Hall in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday.

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Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 3, 2014. The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, N.B., by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter.

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Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shutdown their stores in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The RCMP in New Brunswick says an undisclosed number of people have been shot and a manhunt is underway in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns

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Jodi Cooke on twitter posted this photo of police cruiser with window shot out.

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

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

Michelle Thibodeau said she saw members of a tactical unit arrest the Moncton man in the frontyard of her home.

“They started yelling, ’Come out with your hands up!’ and they had their guns loaded,” said Thibodeau, 21.

“About five minutes later, Justin surrendered himself and he said, ’I’m done,’ and then they arrested him and brought him to my frontyard where they had him sprawled on the ground.”

She said the experience was scary.

“I’m still shaking,” she said. “My heart dropped to my stomach and I felt quite sick actually. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Linda Peacock, who lives a few doors down from where the arrest was made, said she was relieved the suspect had been apprehended.

“It’s very upsetting to know that he was so close to my home,” Peacock said. “I’m very glad they got him.”

Bourque, 24, was the subject of an exhaustive manhunt after the shootings Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city.

Moncton, a city of about 69,000, had been at a virtual standstill up until the arrest, with buses pulled off the roads, government buildings shut down and schools closed as the RCMP scoured the streets for a heavily armed man.

Residents in a cordoned off area were told to stay inside their homes, lock their doors and turn on their exterior lights in an effort to aid the search.

But shortly after Bourque’s arrest, people were allowed outside their houses and roads that had been blockaded for more than a day were reopened, Greene said.

Colin Slaunwhite, 24, said his mother was frantic because he had not been able to return home until Friday morning after playing hockey Wednesday.

“Relief. A whole bag full of emotions,” Slaunwhite said after he learned he could return home.

“It is going to take a while for the adrenalin to completely run out and everybody tries to comprehend what happened.”

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.

At one point, Bourque was seen Thursday morning but officers were unable to arrest him after he went into a wooded area, the RCMP said.

Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, the commanding officer of the Mounties in New Brunswick, said Thursday likened the search to “working through your worst nightmare.”

The RCMP said Thursday that of the two wounded officers, one was released from hospital and the other had injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

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.

People laid flowers in a makeshift memorial on the doorsteps of the local Codiac RCMP detachment. One of the bouquets was wrapped in a ribbon reading, “Fallen heroes.”

The RCMP have scheduled a news conference for Friday at 8 a.m.

Cpl. Danny Falls said while RCMP members were pleased to bring a measure of relief to residents, the force was contending with mixed emotions.

“There obviously have been long days and we suffered significant loss,” Falls said Friday morning. “It will take some time to heal from that.”

Bourque was not known to police and investigators were trying to piece together his background.

He was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture of him released by police on Twitter on Wednesday night.

The deadly shootings struck a nerve not only in Moncton, but throughout the country, where flags were flown at half-mast, including the flag at the Peace Tower in Ottawa. MPs also observed a moment of silence in the House of Commons.

The shootings also 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.

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Recent comments

  • SonnyD
    June 07, 2014 - 16:28

    .....There will always be CRAZY people, There will always be CRIMINALS, There will always be a risk of violence ANYWHERE....but at the end of the day thankfully its relatively rare for the average person to be exposed to it. When it does happen WE HOPE the Public and its paid Protector's do the right things to manage these situations with common sense reaction's not driven by emotional or political deception's and remember....not everyone is CRAZY or a CRIMINAL and there is still a vast but silent majority of good people in this world.

  • Davin
    June 06, 2014 - 23:52

    A crime like this is a perfect example of why there needs to be a provision for the death penalty. Child killers and cop killers should know they will be held accountable for their actions by penalty of death. Over 60% of Canadians want a return to the death penalty, (Angus Reid poll). If the government in power is going to ignore the majority, they need to be voted out.

    June 06, 2014 - 13:21

    This is far from over as the families will be reliving this over for probably years as the trial will drag on an on if someone forgets to dot an I or cross a T. This SOB doesn't deserve a trial.

  • Anne MacNeil
    June 06, 2014 - 12:40

    My sympathies and Prayers go out to the grieving family's That lost love ones . Hugs to all the Officer's for their great work keeping the people of Moncton safe . I hope you get to spend some quality time with family and co-workers . God Bless ye all .

  • John Malone
    June 06, 2014 - 11:13

    His name and his picture needs to be wiped from history and the TV and newspapers need to stop keep giving him the spotlight he was seeking. (they don't need the ratings) at the cost of the grieving family's.

    • mark campbell
      June 06, 2014 - 13:34

      I agree.

    • John Marlow
      June 06, 2014 - 13:55

      I couldn't agree with you more.

  • penny
    June 06, 2014 - 10:26

    Thank you to all RCMP for keeping us all safe. You are true heroes:) prayers with all the families who lost loved ones as well as with the RCMP who lost their friends and family and co workers. RCMP need a big pat on the back for a job well done.

  • Krista MacLean
    June 06, 2014 - 09:56

    My heart goes out to all of my extended RCMP family during this very sad time! I am beyond proud of my husband and all of his fellow RCMP colleagues who selflessly work hard to protect us all and grieve with those who have lost loved ones. Remember - You are not alone. xoxo

  • Sonya
    June 06, 2014 - 09:56

    So glad that things are over with and he has been caught with out further loss of life . To the RCMP's that lost their lives they are truly fallen hero's for sure and to all the other RCMP it is time to pick up the pieces and start to heal and grieve the loss of the fallen one's .I pray that the Lord will be with you all at this time .To the family's of the fallen Draw strength from the Lord . I'am so sorry for your loss and Pray that the Lord be with you all.God Bless!!

  • Mary Gallant
    June 06, 2014 - 09:55

    Just think what more evil could happen in our communities if we DIDN'T have our police and RCMP there to help protect us. Far too many people today think that they have been shafted by the world and want revenge. Life is what you make of it and nobody has the right to take another person's life. So very grateful that he is in custody and will have to live knowing how much devastation he has caused to the families of those that he killed. RIP to the fallen and peace and condolences to all your families and loved ones left behind. Take solace in knowing that they didn't die in vain and died a hero' s death in trying to protect others in the line of duty. Hopefully others will learn from this tragedy, never take anything for granted and learn to live by respecting others and to help one another in our daily struggle.

  • Kathy
    June 06, 2014 - 09:29

    Dont give this killer one more moment of glory, stop posting his picture, and let's Honor the police who gave thier lives and bodies in serving our counrty.....and grieve and pray for thier families.

  • Ilona
    June 06, 2014 - 07:37

    Grateful they caught him with no further loss of life. Time to focus on grieving those lost &healing.

  • David Ing
    June 06, 2014 - 07:13

    What a terrible tragedy! Our deepest sympathies to all families. Congratulations to the RCMP for their successful takedown .

  • Gratitude
    June 06, 2014 - 06:42

    Be it responding to criminal action, political corruption, acts of mental disorder and even responding to illegal action within their own ranks, we owe a lot to the RCMP and our peace keepers. May the Force keep their focus on truth and the law. But for now, let the grieving begin . . .

  • John
    June 06, 2014 - 05:44

    I just want to say thankyou to law enfor cement for protecting us. You are the true heroes I salute you guys. THANK YOU