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Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. / Viktor Pivovarov, AP

The suspect in a shooting rampage that left three police officers dead in the city of Moncton, in New Brunswick, Canada, has been arrested, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a tweet early Friday morning.

Justin Bourque, 24, was placed in custody shortly after midnight, the police agency tweeted at about 12:30 a.m. The agency said residents of north Moncton would now be able to leave their homes.

The incident and ensuing chaos began Wednesday night after Bourque, wearing camouflage and carrying two rifles, opened fire, police said, leaving three dead and injuring two officers. While Bourque was at large, police shut down huge portions of Moncton, asking residents to stay indoors and leave their outdoor lights on.

One teen resident told the National Post that her family watched from their home in horror as the suspect came up behind an undercover officer and shot him dead.

"We banged on the windows. We told him, 'Turn around, turn around, he's there,' " Vanessa Bernatchez said. "He turned around and it was too late."

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick tweeted early Friday that a news conference would take place at 8 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Moncton.

Moncton is a city of 70,000 less than 180 miles from the Maine border.

Contributing: John Bacon



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

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