'He shot a ****ing cop, call 911!'
A family cowering in the home have captured dramatic video as they watched a Canadian police officer being shot by a man on a rampage.
The manhunt for Justin Bourque, 24, continued in Canada early on Thursday (overnight NZT), after he shot and killed three on-duty police officers and wounded two others in a city in New Brunswick province.
At 5.40am local time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released a map of the search area in Moncton, a city of 64,000, and warned residents within the zone to stay inside and lock doors as officers tracked the shooter.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police said via social media that the search was focused on the Pinehurst subdivision.
Three officers were killed and two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said via Twitter. Law enforcement officials also urged residents not to post police movements on social media.
The city was effectively paralysed as the manhunt continued. Public schools, government offices and a university were closed, and the city's public transit was also halted until further notice.
Vanessa Bernatchez, 19, captured dramatic video as she and her parents witnessed one officer being shot.
Bernatchez told the Los Angeles Times that she was in her backyard on Mailpot Avenue with her mother and step-father when a neighbour came running and yelling of a man outside with a gun.
"We heard three shots while we were running into the house," Bernatchez told The Times.
She and her family ran to a front window to see a man dressed in camouflage clothing and makeup, wearing a protective vest and armed with two guns and ammunition around his shoulder, walking calmly toward a police officer.
"He was extremely calm. That's the worst part," she said. "He was just calm and cool and went off as if he'd do it every day."
Bernatchez said her stepfather was banging on the window to warn the officer of the approaching gunman: "but we were too late. By the time he turned around he was shot and dead."
She said the gunman fired on the officer from about 3 to 4 metres away. The shooter warned a man away who apparently left his car to help the wounded officer but did not point a gun or fire at the man, Bernatchez said.
"The shooter walked away from the scene as if nothing happened," she said. "We didn't see his mouth move whatsoever."
Swat team officers and police with dogs arrived quickly on the scene shortly after she called 911, Bernatchez said.
She described the neighbourhood as extremely calm and friendly. "This is not something you'd ever imagine happening here," she said.
It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.
Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc told CBC-TV that he first learned of the attack from social media. He expressed deep sympathy for the families of the dead police officers.
"You hear about these things happening other places," he said, urging residents to follow police instructions. "Moncton is such a warm and inviting community and it's impossible to fathom."
- Los Angeles Times