5 Jun 2014

Manhunt in Canada as officers shot

9:11 pm on 5 June 2014

Three Canadian police officers have been killed and two wounded by a gunman in the town of Moncton in the province of New Brunswick.

The gunman is reported to still be on the loose and a large manhunt is under way.

Frightened residents said they heard an exchange of gunfire in a north end neighbourhood on Wednesday where police had been conducting a search.

News about the officers that died in the exchange were first tweeted by police colleagues and eventually confirmed, the BBC reports.

Two more Mounties with non-life-threatening injuries were treated in hospital.

Police said they are looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque, whom they describe as armed and dangerous.

Officials warned people to stay inside and lock their doors and a number of roads have been blocked off in Moncton, a city about 70,000 people on the east coast.

In a statement, New Brunswick Premier David Alward said he was "shocked and saddened" at the shootings.