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Suspect Arrested in Canadian Police Shootings

  • Pamela Dockins

Police continue to search for evidence after a shooting in a residential neighborhood of the eastern city of Moncton, New Brunswick, June 5, 2014.
Canadian police have arrested the man suspected of shooting and killing three police officers in the eastern province of New Brunswick.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman said authorities arrested Justin Bourque early Friday in Moncton, the city where the shootings occurred.

Authorities had launched a massive manhunt for the gunman, who also wounded two others on Wednesday. The incident prompted police to warn frightened residents to stay in their homes.

Investigators say the suspect opened fire after police responded to a call about an armed man wearing camouflage clothes. They say the motive for the shootings is not clear.

Mass shootings in Canada are rare. Wednesday's attack was the deadliest on Canadian police officers since 2005 when four officers were gunned down in Mayerthorpe, a town in the western Alberta province.

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