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Canadian manhunt continues for suspect accused of fatally shooting officers

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canadian police were searching the woods in New Brunswick Thursday morning for a suspected gunman in military fatigues believed to have killed three officers and injured two others in a brazen ambush.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police released a photo of Justin Bourque, 24, dressed in military fatigues and carrying two firearms. He was said to be armed and dangerous, hiding in a wooded area north of Moncton, the province's largest city, Agence France-Presse reported.

Mr. Bourque allegedly confronted police in a residential street in Moncton Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. local time, killing three officers and wounding two, AFP reported. The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear.

The suspect reportedly posted lyrics from a song by the heavy metal band, Megadeath, just before the attack.

He extracted letters from the lyrics and spelled out the letters of the word freedom, writing: "this spells out FREEDOM, it means nothing to me."

Canada has long prided itself on being relatively free of the gun violence that Americans see regularly.

Residents of Moncton were told to stay locked inside their homes why police search for the gunman's whereabouts.

"Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise," said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc, AFP reported.

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