The man suspected of shooting and killing three Mounties during an ambush in Moncton N.B., Wednesday night has been arrested, the RCMP confirms.
Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP, says Justin Bourque, 24, was arrested early Friday at around 12:10 a.m.
He was reportedly hiding in a backyard.
A video was posted on YouTube claiming to show Bourque being taken into custody.
News of his arrest ends a two-day virtual lockdown in Moncton, after police urged residents to remain indoors while they hunted their suspect.
The RCMP told residents in a tweet that they could now resume their normal activities.
Justin Bourque arrested by RCMP at 12:10 in Moncton. He is in police custody. Residents of north Moncton can now leave their homes.
— RCMP New Brunswick (@RCMPNB) June 6, 2014
CityNews reporter Tammie Sutherland is in Moncton, and says she heard officers loudly cheer when Bourque was taken into custody. Moncton resident Michelle Thibodeau said on Twitter that she witnessed the arrest. “He was in my backyard,” she tweeted. “I saw him arrested in front of my eyes. He is alive.”
The swat team arrived at my house and unloaded and started screaming in my backyard for him to surrender and he did. I watched it happen.
— michelle thibodeau (@YourMichelle) June 6, 2014
“They had him sprawled on my front lawn for some time and then loaded him into the swat vehicle. They are now checking my yard for firearms.”
An unconfirmed photo of the arrest was circulating on Twitter.
— Kyle McDonald (@kylejmcd) June 6, 2014
In an update Thursday afternoon, Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the names of the deceased officers will not be released at this time.
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.
Two other officers were also injured. One remains in hospital while the other has been released.