Hunt continues for Canadian suspected in police killings

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Associated Press

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 5:11 PM

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police continue to comb the streets and woods of Moncton, New Brunswick, in search of a gunman who killed three officers last night and wounded two others.

The RCMP has identified the suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque (bork) and released a picture showing him wearing camouflage and carrying two high-powered rifles. Police say he was spotted three times this morning, once coming out of a wooded area.

The manhunt has emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in the normally tranquil city on Canada's east coast.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting and police say Bourque was not known to them prior to last night's incident.

The homicides are the first this year in Moncton, a city of 69,000 people where gun violence is rare. The RCMP says the city had no homicides last year.

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188-a-11-(Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, at news conference)-"that we lost"-Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner Roger Brown says the search for the killer will not stop. (5 Jun 2014)

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189-a-12-(Commander Marlene Snowman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at news conference)-"have been negative"-Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commander Marlene Snowman says the man suspected of killing three police officers was seen this morning. (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO MCTN101: A heavily armed man that police have identified as Justin Bourque walks on Hildegard Drive in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, after several shots were fired in the area. The man, suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt, police said. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Moncton Times & Transcript, telegraphjournal.com, Viktor Pivovarov) MANDATORY CREDIT (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO XAV1015: Emergency response officers wait outside a residence in Moncton, New Brunswick, Thursday, June 5, 2014, searching for a suspect who shot and killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers the day before. Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded in Wednesday's shooting. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan) (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO XAV107: Emergency response officers enter a residence in Moncton, New Brunswick, Thursday, June 5, 2014, searching for a suspect who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in a shooting the day before. Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded in Wednesday's shooting. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan) (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO XAV102: Emergency response officers check a residence in Moncton, New Brunswick, Thursday, June 5, 2014, searching for a suspect who shot and killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers the day before. Wednesday. Police have identified a suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton. Two other officers were wounded in Wednesday's shooting. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan) (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO GFX2523: Map locates Moncton, Canada.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; (5 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO MCTNZ101: A car sits on a road with it's windows shot out and blood on the ground in Moncton, New Brunswick on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, New Brunswick by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Daniel Stevens) (4 Jun 2014)

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