Police in Fredricton, New Brunswick have charged a 48-year-old man with first degree murder after a shooting Friday that killed four people including two police officers.
Speaking Saturday morning, Fredricton Police Chief Leanne Fitch said the suspect, Matthew Vincent Raymond, was in hospital in stable condition after being seriously wounded by police gunfire during the early-morning incident.
Fitch also told reporters the four victims were shot with a long gun by somebody who fired at them from an elevated position.
He will have his first court appearance on Aug. 27 and will remain in police custody until then.
It is not known what led to the shootings.
Constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello were killed as were 32 year old Bobbie Lee Wright and 42 year old Donnie Robichaud. They had apparently just started a relationship.
The shooting broke out around 7 a.m. Friday morning at an apartment complex when Costello and Burns responded to a “shots fired” call and were the first on scene.
When they arrived, police said, the two civilian victims were already on the ground with the officers being shot shortly after
Other officers arrived and instituted a lockdown for several hours until announcing a suspect had been taken into custody.