Hunt for gunman, 24, dressed like Rambo and wielding two assault rifles after he killed THREE police officers and wounded two more in brazen attack on the streets of a Canadian city.

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are searching for Justin Bourque
  • The 24-year-old is suspected of shooting dead three officers
  • In a fierce gun battle two other officers were left seriously injured
  • Police tweeted photo of suspect dressed like Rambo, holding two guns
  • Suspect said to be armed with two assault rifles, a crossbow and knife
  • The gunfight was caught on camera and uploaded to Facebook by locals
  • Police this morning are urging residents to stay indoors and lock their doors
  • Canada has been left reeling by the deaths, with violence like this very rare
  • The suspect appears to have added friends on Facebook as police hunt him
  • Shooter believed to be hiding out in woods in the Pinehurst area of Moncton

Police in Canada are hunting a heavily armed and dangerous man dressed like Rambo who they say shot dead three police officers and injured two others.

A fierce gunfight erupted on Wednesday evening after police received a call at 7.30pm about an armed man in the north end of the city of Moncton, in the east coast province of New Brunswick.

Three of the responding officers were killed and two sustained non-life threatening injuries and were in stable condition.

Armed and dangerous: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted an image of suspected cop killer Justin Bourque, 24, wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns

Armed and dangerous: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted an image of suspected cop killer Justin Bourque, 24, wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

Manhunt: Residents of Moncton are being urged by police to stay indoors

Manhunt: Residents of Moncton are being urged by police to stay indoors.

Emotional: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Damien Theriault and Mayor George LeBlanc pause to collect themselves before addressing the media during a late night news conference at City Hall in Moncton

Emotional: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Damien Theriault and Mayor George LeBlanc pause to collect themselves before addressing the media during a late night news conference at City Hall in Moncton

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Damien Theriault holds back tears while addressing the media
Mayor George LeBlanc addresses the media

Overhwlemed: Asked how he was dealing with his grief, Theriault (left) said he personally knew the officers before breaking down; the mayor (right) also appeared in tears

Theriault and Mayor LeBlanc embraced after the emotional news conference about the shootout

Theriault and Mayor LeBlanc embraced after the emotional news conference about the shootou

Canadian manhunt: THREE police officers shot dead

One shocked local family caught the gunfight on camera and uploaded the footage to Facebook.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, of Moncton, was said to be armed with two assault rifles with high capacity magazines, a crossbow and a knife.

The police tweeted an image of the suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

He is still at large in the Pinehurst area of the city and police are urging residents to stay indoors.

A tweet from the New Brunswick Royal Canadian Mounted Police this morning said: ‘Still actively looking for shooter near Pinehurst SubDiv. in Moncton. Stay in. Lock doors. Avoid this area. Stay Safe!’

Dramatic: Twitter user Matt Arsenault took this picture of police surrounding a house in Moncton, New Brunswick, after a shootout with suspect Justin Bourque

Danger zone: Where the violence erupted in Moncton, with the RCMP urging those in the red area to stay indoors

Danger zone: Where the violence erupted in Moncton, with the RCMP urging those in the red area to stay indoors

Danger: The RCMP issued this map of Moncton explaining that anyone living inside the marked area should 'stay inside' and 'lock doors'

Danger: The RCMP issued this map of Moncton explaining that anyone living inside the marked area should ‘stay inside’ and ‘lock doors’

RCMP officer Damien Theriault and Mayor George LeBlanc made an emotional address to the media during a late-night news conference at City Hall in Moncton after the deaths.

Theriault said he personally knew the officers killed, before breaking down and excusing himself because he couldn’t complete his sentence.

Witness Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer he was looking at until he heard a burst of automatic gunfire coming from the man’s gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether arrests had been made.

Word that police had been killed shocked the city, Leblanc said.

‘It’s devastating. I don’t know if he was on a hunt for them, or what,’ he said.

Police say Bourque is carrying two military-style assault rifles with high capacity magazines, a bow and a knife.

A Facebook page attributed to the suspect is filled with posts about weaponry, hunting and police officers.

His last status update posted hours before the deadly shootout included lyrics from Megadeth’s song Hook in Mouth.

‘Don’t try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come./ I believe my kingdom will come,’ the Facebook user wrote.

It appears that two friends have been added to the profile as police continue the manhunt.

Shattered: A Codiac Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer drives with the rear door window shot out by a bullet in Moncton, New Brunswick

Shattered: A Codiac Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer drives with the rear door window shot out by a bullet in Moncton, New Brunswick

 

Gruesome: Twitter user Matt Arsenault/Laundromatt took this grisly image showing the scene of a shootout between police and a suspect that resulted in the reported deaths of three police officers

Two officers were wounded in the town of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Gruesome: Twitter user Matt Arsenault/Laundromatt took these grisly images showing the scene of a shootout between police and a suspect that resulted in the reported deaths of three officers.

High alter: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers use their vehicles to create a keep a perimeter in Moncton

High alter: Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers use their vehicles to create a keep a perimeter in Moncton

Police had a number of roads in Moncton blocked and traffic was backed up on major arteries.

Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area.

Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc urged all residents to pay strict attention to the RCMP warnings.

‘The police and other emergency personnel are working under extremely difficult conditions and need our complete cooperation. Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise,’ LeBlanc said in a statement.

Police first received a call at around 7.20pm about an armed man roaming the streets dressed in camouflage.

Joan MacAlpine-Stiles told CBC.ca she spotted the alleged shooter when she went to open a window.

‘I said, “Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him, and I mean he was just through our backyard.”’

Will Njoku told the news outlet he was putting his children to bed just before 8pm when he heard popping sounds, followed by sirens.

Lockdown: Employees of a grocery store lock down their store in Moncton, New Brunswick, after a shootout

Lockdown: Employees of a grocery store lock down their store in Moncton, New Brunswick, after a shootout.

Duck and cover: Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton

Duck and cover: Police officers take cover behind their vehicles.

iPhone footage from Moncton’s ‘Rambo’ police shootings

When he learned there is a gunman at large, Njoku went outside to warn his neighbors.

Resident Heidi James told CTV News she heard four or five shots, prompting her to move her children away from the windows.

When her husband peered outside, he saw a body lying on the ground covered with a blanket next to a shot-up vehicle.

Twitter user Matt Arsenault shared photos from the crime scene depicting a dark-colored sedan with all its windows shattered surrounded by a pool of blood.

 

 

The Horizon Health Network, a provincial health authority, said on its Twitter feed that two patients were taken to Moncton Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Theriault said earlier the search for the suspect was concentrated around two streets.

Sean Gallacher, who lives near the area where police were concentrating their search, said he heard what he now believes were gunshots but initially thought his daughter had dropped some toys on the floor above him.

‘I was downstairs and heard a few bangs,’ said Gallacher, 35.

THE SUSPECT’S LATEST FACEBOOK POST

A Facebook page attributed to the suspect is filled with posts about weaponry, hunting and police officers.

His last status update posted hours before the deadly shootout included lyrics from Megadeth’s song Hook in Mouth.

Underneath the post user Phil Hache wrote: ‘You knew this wasn’t the answer.’

The post read: ‘A cockroach in the concrete, courthouse tan and beady eyes.

‘A slouch with fallen arches, purging truths into great lies.

‘A little man with a big eraser, changing history

‘Procedures that he’s programmed to, all he hears and sees.

‘Altering the facts and figures, events and every issue.

‘Make a person disappear, and no one will ever miss you.

‘Rewrites every story, every poem that ever was.

‘Eliminates incompetence, and those who break the laws.

‘Follow the instructions of the New Ways’ Evil Book of Rules.

‘Replacing rights with wrongs, the files and records in the schools.

‘You say you’ve got the answers, well who asked you anyway?

‘Ever think maybe it was meant to be this way?

‘Don’t try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come.

‘I believe my kingdom will come.’

Keeping residents safe: Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shut down their stores as a precaution

Keeping residents safe: Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shut down their stores as a precaution

Firepower: Police say Bourque is carrying two military-style rifles with high capacity magazines, a bow and a knife

Firepower: Police say Bourque is carrying two military-style rifles with high capacity magazines, a bow and a knife

Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney tweeted that he was ‘shocked by the tragedy’ and that his thoughts and prayers were with frontline RCMP officers.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on Canada’s East Coast.

Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were shot and killed in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005 in the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years. They had been investigating a farm in Mayerthrope, a small hamlet in Alberta when a man shot them before he was killed.

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