Moncton shooter Justin Bourque sent for psychiatric assessment

Appeared in Moncton provincial court today but did not enter plea on three murder plus two attempted murder charges

The Canadian Press
Published on July 3, 2014

MONCTON, N.B. – A young man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others in Moncton, N.B., last month will return to court July 31 after undergoing a psychiatric assessment.

Justin Bourque is facing three first-degree murder charges and two counts of attempted murder.

He has not entered pleas on the charges.

Bourque made a brief appearance today in Moncton provincial court.

Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche were gunned down after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood on June 4.

Two other RCMP officers _ constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen _ were wounded and later released from hospital.

The shootings and ensuing manhunt brought the city to a standstill until an arrest was made about 30 hours later.