Justin Bourque was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He did not give any pleas to the charges. Neither side has requested a psych evaluation at this time.
Justin Bourque, 24, was arrested 12:40 am AT time. He didn't have any weapons on him, but they were in the perimeter. They have not stated officially what charges will be laid.
Roger Brown, RCMP assistant commissioner, told the news conference it is important to start rebuilding the sense of security that was in Moncton prior to the shootings Wednesday.
"We need to start this healing together," Brown said.
"This is the start to a very long road for all of us."
The RCMP also released the names of the slain RCMP officers:
- Const. David Ross, 32.
- Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45.
- Const. Douglas James Larche, 40.
Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.
I can say I was honestly surprised that Bourque was taken alive. I thought that he would commit 'suicide by cop.'
The mayor of Moncton gave the following statement:
"I think it is going to be a bittersweet day. I think there will be a lot of sadness," LeBlanc said earlier on Friday.
"I think the happiness and elation over the arrest of the suspect will continue but I think as time goes on, I think that people will realize how the families and all of us will have to come to terms with the terrible loss that this has caused us."
The mayor is encouraging Moncton residents to use social media to show their determination to move forward after the shooting. The city is asking people to use the Twitter hashtags — #monctonspirit and #espritmoncton.
"We cannot allow people like this to take our community away from us and we are not going to do that, and we haven't done that and we are going to reclaim our community," LeBlanc said at his news conference.
This is going to hurt for a long time. I hope it will lead to another conversation about gun culture in our country.