Moncton shooting suspect. Photo from Moncton police.

Moncton Manhunt Over

MONCTON, N.B. – The tense manhunt is over in Moncton.

A 24-year-old man wanted in the shooting deaths of three Mounties and the wounding of two others is behind bars after being arrested early today.

The arrest of Justin Bourque just after midnight ended a harrowing and dangerous search that lasted nearly 30 hours.

The R-C-M-P will hold an 8 a-m Atlantic Time (7 a.m. ET) news conference to provide further details.

Moncton resident Michelle Thibodeau says when members of a tactical unit arrested Bourque in her back yard, he said, ”I’m done.” She says Bourque was brought to her front yard and made to sprawl on the ground before being taken away. Thibodeau says it was a frightening experience that made her feel sick.

The manhunt had brought Moncton to a virtual standstill, with buses pulled off the roads, and government buildings and schools closed.

The R-C-M-P says nearly 300 officers were involved in the search.

The officers who died were: 32-year-old Constable David Ross who originally was from Victoriaville, Quebec; 45-year-old Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, who was originally from Boulogne-Billancourt in France; and 40-year-old Constable Douglas James Larche of Saint John, New Brunswick.

The injured officers are Constable Darlene Goguen and Constable Eric Dubois.

R-C-M-P Corporal Danny Falls says while the arrest is a relief to residents, the force is coping with mixed emotions. He says the force suffered a ”significant loss” and it will take some time to heal.

(The Canadian Press)