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By The Associated Press
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:06 p.m.
 

MONCTON, New Brunswick — Royal Canadian Mounted Police combed the streets and woods of this normally tranquil city on Thursday in search of a man suspected of killing three officers in the deadliest attack on their ranks in nearly a decade.

The suspect, armed with high-powered long firearms, was spotted three times while eluding the manhunt that emptied roads and kept families hunkered in their homes in Moncton, an east coast city where gun violence is rare.

Dozens of police officers could be seen in a part of the search perimeter with their weapons drawn, some glancing around buildings. Others, including members of a tactical unit, were patrolling streets within the cordoned off area. Armored security trucks were also visible.

“Our search for the suspect is still ongoing,” RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah said on Thursday afternoon. “Our focus remains in the mountain north area.”

Farrah urged residents to keep their doors locked. “Stay at home, bar your doors and be vigilant,” she said. “I know it's hard for families. You are in your house, you are locked, you have your kids, you want to go outside. But the police are saying to stay in.”

Police were using air support, tactical teams and canine units, she said. Several hundred officers from New Brunswick and elsewhere from across Canada were involved.

“We have deployed a large amount of resources from here and elsewhere, and we are well-equipped to face this situation,” Farrah said.

The 24-year-old suspect, Justin Bourque, was spotted three times around the search area Thursday morning, said Commander Marlene Snowman.

Bourque was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture released by police on Twitter.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting Wednesday evening, in which three officers were killed while responding to a call about an armed man at the north end of Moncton. Two officers were wounded.

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