WATCH: Suspect in Moncton shooting is in custody

RCMP releases names of fallen officers.

Constable David Ross

A nerve-wracking manhunt came to an end early Friday morning after police arrested the suspect wanted in one of the worst mass shootings in the RCMP's history that left three Mounties dead and two others injured in Moncton, N.B.

Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP, said Justin Bourque was arrested at around 12:10 a.m. bringing to a close a harrowing search that lasted nearly 30 hours.

WATCH eyewitness video of suspect being arrested:

Bourque, 24, was wanted after the shooting Wednesday evening in the northwest area of the city. Police including tactical officers began their manhunt Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m. when they responded to a call about a man walking along a road with what was believed to be a gun. After the call, shots were fired and officers called for backup. The RCMP said police officers from across the country were brought in to help arrest the suspect.

Bourque had evaded capture since the shootings, and at one point he was seen Thursday morning but officers were unable to arrest him after he went into a wooded area, the RCMP said.

Residents in the area where police searched were urged to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. But shortly after Bourque's arrest, people were allowed outside their homes and roads that had been blockaded were reopened, Greene said.

This woman live-tweeted the suspect's arrest:

The identities of the officers who were shot have not been released by police. But late Thursday, the National Post identified one of the officers fatally shot as Const. Dave Ross, a police services dog handler with the RCMP. The newspaper quoted the sister-in-law of the man's wife as saying he had a young son, with another child expected in September.

The shootings in Moncton evoked memories of an RCMP tragedy in Mayerthorpe, Alta., nine years ago when Constables Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon, Lionide (Leo) Nicholas Johnston, Brock Warren Myrol and Peter Christopher Schiemann were shot and killed.

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  1. Jim posted on 06/06/2014 08:11 AM
    How sad. Taxpayers will now have to pay to feed, clothe and house this piece of shit for the next 40 years or so. Better the police should have had him "resist" arrest and end the matter right there. Justice would have been served swiftly and evenly for there will be no justice as long as this man lives. A final and irretrievable end must be put to his malevolence.
    1. Dean posted on 06/06/2014 09:39 AM
      @Jim Wouldn't it be nice if they locked him into a cell and then "forgot" he was there? After a few months, they suddenly "remember" that he hasn't had food, water, or exercise since he arrived.
    2. Tiago posted on 06/06/2014 03:49 PM
      @Dean Wake up & smell the Folgers Dean. Not going to happen. As a prisoner, he ALMOST has more rights then you & I. I don't care for poking & prodding the man to see what made him snap. He should have been shot in the face at least once. Not more then that though, bullets are expensive & my tax dollars buy those too.
    3. Dean posted on 06/06/2014 03:58 PM
      @Tiago Oh, I know it'll never happen. It's just nice to think about. Plus, starving the bastard doesn't cost the taxpayers one dime.
  2. Suz58 posted on 06/06/2014 10:46 AM
    I have never been more proud of the way the RCMP have handled this horrific situation. It is obvious this man is ill. After losing three of their own, and I believe two more injured, sure, they could have shot him, but they did not. I am by no means defending this killer but, by handling it the way they did, this might bring us a little closer to finding out and learning more about what triggers this kind of psychotic behaviour. As we have seen in other parts of the world, this is not the usual outcome in situations such as this. The RCMP went above and beyond in doing their job and proved to the world their professionalism at a time when emotions were running very high. My thoughts and prayers for the families, friends, co-workers of the fallen and injured RCMP officers.
  3. Angry Bill posted on 06/06/2014 11:13 AM
    I agree, the RCMP appear to have handled this very, very admirably. I was very surprised this guy managed to survive being captured. But no one shot him.

    Contrast this with the Toronto cop who pumped the kid who was alone on the streetcar full of lead for having what.. a small knife of some sort.

    Just goes to show you not all cops, or even police forces, are the same.

    But very well done to the RCMP, who operated very professionally under very difficult circumstances for them, having had 5 of their officers shot by this guy, and 3 killed. Much respect.
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