Three RCMP officers are dead after a man opened fire Wednesday night in Moncton, N.B.
Two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A manhunt quickly ensued for the suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, who police say was carrying high-powered rifles, a crossbow and a knife.
The three fallen officers have not yet been identified.
They are just the latest RCMP officers to be shot and killed in the line of duty.
November 5, 2007 – Cst. Douglas Scott, in Nunavut, was shot and killed after responding to a report of a drunk driver on Baffin Island. A suspect was arrested four hours after the shooting. Scott was with the force for one year.
October 6, 2007 – Cst. Christopher John Worden was shot and killed after responding to complaint at a home in Hay River, N.W.T. A suspect was arrested.
July 7, 2006 – Cst. Marc Bourdages and Cst. Robin Cameron were shot and killed after responding to an assault call in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. Both of the officers died eight days after the shooting, within two hours of each other.
March 3, 2005 – In one of the deadliest days in RCMP history, four officers were shot in Mayerthorpe, Alberta after they attended to a rural property to investigate a small marijuana grow op and reports of auto parts theft. Cst. Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon, Cst. Lionide Nicholas Johnston, Cst. Brock Warren Myrol and Cst. Peter Christopher Schiemann all died as a result of gunshot wounds. The suspect was also found dead on the property.
February 28, 2004 – 35-year veteran Cpl. Jim Galloway was shot after gunfire erupted at the scene of a standoff in Spruce Grove, Alberta. The suspect was also killed in the shootout.
December 21, 2001 – Cst. Dennis Strongquill was killed on the Waywayseecappo First Nation near Russell, Manitoba after he was shot at in his police car while investigating an armed robbery. His vehicle was then rammed by the suspects in front of the local detachment. Strongquill was unable to return fire due to a pistol malfunction and died inside his vehicle.
March 5, 2001 – Cst. Jurgen Seewald was killed after responding to a domestic dispute in Nunavut. During an altercation with the suspect, Jurgen was shot. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.
June 14, 1996 – Sgt. Derek Burkholder was shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Nova Scotia. The suspect was subsequently shot dead by other officers at the scene.
The RCMP keeps a running list online of all officers killed by gunfire and other causes in the line of duty, dating back to 1865.
In that time, 87 officers have been killed by gunfire, not including the three killed Wednesday in New Brunswick.
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