Three RCMP Officers Dead, Two Wounded
MONCTON – RCMP in Moncton are searching for Justin Bourque, the suspect in the shooting deaths of three RCMP officers and the wounding of two RCMP Officers.
RCMP are requesting that people do not use social media to share the location or details of the search but to stay inside their homes in search area.
Moncton, a community of 70,000 people is in mourning as officers search for the murder suspect. Many services in the community including mail delivery, and schools are shut down for the day as the search continues.
The shootings and the entire incident has gained world-wide attention with #prayformoncton trending on Twitter.
Thoughts and prayers go out
Premier David Alward issued the following statement regarding the on-going and tragic events in Moncton:
“I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the officers who were killed in the line of duty last night while protecting the people of Moncton.
“All flags are being lowered to half-mast to pay tribute to the sacrifice of these fallen officers.
“We continue to pray for the officers who are recovering from their injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Greater Moncton community during this time of terrible loss and fear.
“An inter-departmental team of senior leadership has been mobilized to coordinate government response and provide support and resources on the ground. Please continue to follow the situation as it develops and listen to police advice.
“Be vigilant, be safe.
“This will help police do their job and ensure the situation is resolved as soon as possible.”
Provincial offices in New Brunswick are also closed today.