Manhunt continues for shooting suspect
The flags at Sackville town hall fly at half-mast this morning out of respect for the officers killed last night in Moncton by an armed gunman. Premier David Alward said this morning all flags have been lowered to half-mast to pay tribute to the sacrifice of these fallen officers. TOWER PHOTO
While the manhunt for a suspect in Moncton responsible for fatally shooting three police officers and wounding two others continues, the main message from local and provincial officials is one of condolence.
Premier David Alward issued a statement this morning.
“I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the officers who were killed in the line of duty last night while protecting the people of Moncton,” he said. “All flags are being lowered to half-mast to pay tribute to the sacrifice of these fallen officers.”
“We continue to pray for the officers who are recovering from their injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Greater Moncton community during this time of terrible loss and fear.”
He added that an inter-departmental team of senior leadership has been mobilized to coordinate government response and provide support and resources on the ground.
“Please continue to follow the situation as it develops and listen to police advice. Be vigilant, be safe.”
Moncton mayor George LeBlanc echoed Alward’s words of condolence to the families of the slain and wounded officers in a statement issued late last night.
“Above all, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen officers, as well as to their colleagues. Their bravery and actions in the line of duty will forever be remembered.
“I urge all residents to please pay strict attention to the RCMP warnings,” he added. “The police and other emergency personnel are working under extremely difficult conditions and need our complete cooperation.”
He also urged residents to heed police warnings about staying indoors.
“Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise.”
New Brunswick Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen condemned the attacks on police.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this terrible tragedy," Stewart Olsen said. “I offer sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to all those who daily put their lives on the line to protect us.
“The measure of any city is taken in part by their reaction to loss and horror.
Moncton is a caring and compassionate community that has come together
in the midst of the fear and pain to support our first responders.”
The Town of Sackville has lowered its flags to half-mast and issued the following statement via its Twitter feed: "The Town of Sackville sends deepest condolences to the Moncton RCMP and friends and families of fallen officers."
Police are still conducting an extensive search for the shooting suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.