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World Gone Bad: “Stay home, stay safe”: Man Shoots 5 Officers, Kills 3, Still At-Large

Residents were told to lock themselves up inside their homes in Moncton, the province’s largest city as police searched for the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, who was described as armed and dangerous.

“Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise,” Moncton Mayor LeBlanc said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told residents to stay inside and barricade their doors.

The RCMP police released a photo of the suspect dressed in military fatigues and carrying two firearms. He was said to be hiding in a wooded area north of Moncton.

It was those guns that he confronted police with in a street in Moncton Wednesday night around 7:30 pm (0130 GMT), killing three officers and wounding two.

…The exact circumstances of the shooting were not clear. Local media said the shooter opened fire in cold blood in a residential area of the city.

…Canada prides itself on being largely free of the gun violence that regularly plagues cities in the neighboring United States.

Provincial premier David Alward said, “I was shocked and saddened to learn of tonight’s tragic situation in Moncton.”

“On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to those affected,” he added.

Canadian police launch massive manhunt to catch man who gunned down three officers. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 5/5/2014.

“Justin Bourque was arrested by RCMP at 12:10 in Moncton. He is in police custody. Residents of north Moncton can now leave their homes,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.

Residents could finally emerge after having barricaded their doors while police combed a wooded neighbourhood with dogs, armored vehicles and aircraft for over 30 hours.

…Witnesses said Bourque, wearing military fatigues and carrying a hunting rifle and automatic rifle, had opened fire on police officers Wednesday on a Moncton street.

It was the worst tragedy to hit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2005, when four of its agents were killed in Alberta in the west.

Alleged cop killer arrested in Canada after manhunt. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 6/6/2014.

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