Moncton murder suspect Justin Bourque sent for psychiatric assessment

Canadian Press
Published on July 4, 2014

Justin Bourque, the suspect in one of the worst mass shootings in the RCMP's history, arrives at court under heavy guard in Moncton, N.B. on Friday, June 6, 2014. Three RCMP officers were killed and two injured in the shooting spree.


MONCTON, N.B. – A young man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others in Moncton, N.B., last month will return to court July 31 after undergoing a psychiatric assessment.

Justin Bourque is facing three first-degree murder charges and two counts of attempted murder.

He has not entered pleas on the charges.

Bourque made a brief appearance today in Moncton provincial court.

Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche were gunned down after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood on June 4.

Two other RCMP officers _ constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen _ were wounded and later released from hospital.

The shootings and ensuing manhunt brought the city to a standstill until an arrest was made about 30 hours later.