'We want to support each other:' Police in Nova Scotia deployed to RCMP shooting in Moncton

Published on June 5, 2014
Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shutdown their stores in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The RCMP in New Brunswick says an undisclosed number of people have been shot and a manhunt is underway in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns.

MONCTON - The RCMP in Nova Scotia is sending resources to Moncton, N.B., where three Mounties were shot and killed while the hunt for the alleged shooter continues.

Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Al LeBlanc couldn’t give specifics as to how many officers, or what specific units, are going to the New Brunswick city, but said they are now en route.

“The RCMP is a big family,” said LeBlanc, while travelling to Moncton. “When tragedy strikes we want to support each other. We are going to go and support them.”

Colchester RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum and Const. Bill Collier both confirmed members of the Colchester team are offering assistance. They wouldn't, however, divulge any additional information.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said they have had no request for officers, but are offering assistance if needed.

“We are all doing the same job. It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s hitting close to home,” Bourdages said about the shooting. “It’s very tough times.”

Heavily armed RCMP officers searched through the night for the gunman, who is suspected of wounding two other Mounties as police are asking residents in a large section of the city Thursday to remain indoors.

A photo distributed by police on Twitter shows 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles.

“We go to work everyday to help people. When something like this occurs, it’s very tragic. It’s difficult,” LeBlanc said.

“To say this is a terrible day, is an understatement.”

Flags are flying at half-mast throughout government and police offices in Halifax. As well, police members across Canada are wearing ribbons in memory of the fallen officers.

Premier Stephen McNeil issued a statement about the tragedy Thursday morning, saying the thoughts and prayers of everyone in Nova Scotia is with the families during the difficult time.