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Man pleads guilty to murder in RCMP shootings

By: The Canadian Press

 | Aug 08, 2014 - 3:10 PM |
Justin Bourque is shown in a courtroom sketch in Moncton, N.B. on July 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carol Taylor

Justin Bourque is shown in a courtroom sketch in Moncton, N.B. on July 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carol Taylor

MONCTON, N.B. - A New Brunswick man pleaded guilty today to three first-degree murder charges in the fatal shootings of three RCMP officers in Moncton.

Justin Bourque also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in the Court of Queen's Bench.

The 24-year-old calmly told the judge "I plead guilty" or replied "guilty" when asked for his plea on each charge.

His case returns to court Oct. 27 to file victim impact statements and pre-sentencing documents.

Bourque was recently found competent and mentally fit to stand trial after undergoing a psychiatric assessment.

Members of his family declined comment as they left court.

Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche were killed after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood in the northwest area of Moncton on June 4.

Constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded and later released from hospital.

Bourque was arrested following a manhunt that spanned 30 hours and brought the city of 69,000 to a virtual standstill.

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