Kamloops' top cop: 'It was a very difficult and sleepless night'

Kamloops RCMP Superintendent Brad Mueller

KAMLOOPS – Supt. Brad Mueller says local RCMP are grieving and reflecting after hearing news of three Mounties killed in Moncton, New Brunswick last night.

“It was a very difficult and sleepless night for all of us here at the Kamloops detachment” Mueller said at a press conference early this morning.

“On behalf of all the RCMP members, public service and civilian employees and the RCMP family here in Kamloops we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of colleagues that have paid the ultimate price for public safety.”

Mueller was unable to comment on the ongoing police investigation in New Brunswick. He also could not confirm if there were any local ties to fallen members.

The three officers were shot to death last night. RCMP have executed a man-hunt for the suspect, Justin Bourque, in the small city. Onlookers spotted Bourque carrying high-powered firearms and wearing camouflage gear.

Moncton Police have asked their residents to stay indoors. Schools and government offices are closed today while authorities continue their search for the gunman.

An update on the situation in Moncton will be provided when more information is available.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infotelnews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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