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  • 5 June 2014, 19:28

Police Shooting Suspect Spotted Three Times

A man wanted for the killing of three police officers and wounding two others has been seen three times near the Canadian east coast city where the gun attack took place.

The shootings began after police responded to a call about an armed man in northMoncton, New Brunswick province, at 7.30pm (11.30pm UK time).

Police say the wanted man,Justin Bourque, 24, was seen in three different places around Moncton - most recently on Thursday morning.

The manhunt began after the attacker, reportedly wearing a camouflage outfit, began firing at officers in the normally quiet city of 69,000 people.

Officers say Bourque, who is from Moncton, is considered "armed and dangerous".

A video has emerged showing officers taking cover behind police cars and which apparently shows the moment the gunmen opened fire.

There are two thuds and an unnamed person in the footage said: "He shot him, he shot a cop."

The force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

A map of a large portion of the northwest section of the city, including a heavily wooded area, has been released by police, who are urging people to remain inside with their doors locked.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) regional commander Roger Brown said: "The RCMP family is hurting," with his officers "working through (their) worst nightmare".

Witness Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the gunman in the distance on Wednesday evening standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police vehicles.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer he was looking at until he heard a burst of automatic gunfire.

Another witness said she saw an injured officer being taken away.

The unnamed woman said: "We just came outside. My daughter said there were police in the area, and we noticed that there was a lockdown on the street, they wouldn't let anybody in or out, they were turning vehicles around.

"And we noticed there was a staff supervisor vehicle that had taken an injured officer away, the lady liked like she was, like, really hurt."

RCMP Constable Damien Theriault, who appeared emotional during a news conference, said he personally knew the officers who were killed.

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on Canada's east coast.

Constable Theriault said Moncton did not have a homicide in 2013 or this year until Wednesday evening.

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