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Two police officers among four fatalities in Canadian mass shooting as suspected gunman arrested

The incident happened in the Fredericton area of New Brunswick.

Updated Aug 10th 2018, 2:40 PM

Canada Shooting Police and RCMP officers survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton. Source: Keith Minchin

TWO POLICE OFFICERS are among the four people who have been killed by a gunman in the city of Fredericton in eastern Canada.

The Fredericton Police tweeted that two of its officers were killed in this morning’s shootings in the New Brunswick province. It added that no names are being released at this time and said that it will provide more information when it can.

The circumstances of the shooting are unclear at this point however the police confirmed that a suspect is in custody and there is no further threat to the public.

The Police were also asking people on Facebook not to use social media to report on police locations.

David MacCoubrey, who lives in Fredericton, told the Associated Press that he heard about 20 shots and was hiding on his kitchen floor.

“I’m on my floor,” he said in a phone interview. “The cops have come through my place. They have searched all the apartments in the building. It sounded like it started in the courtyard area.”

He awoke in his apartment on Brookside Drive around 7 am local time to the sound of three gunshots 10 meters from his bed.

MacCoubrey said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex.

He said police have been searching the buildings, and he’s been sitting away from windows.

“It’s not something that happens here regularly,” he said.

Travis Hrubeniuk said his fiancee had just left for work around 7:45 when he began hearing a steady stream of sirens.

Hrubeniuk said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked. The quiet residential neighborhood, which has houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a dangerous situation.

“This is the first time I’ve even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city,” he said.

Fredericton has a population of about 58,000 and is located just northeast of Maine.

With reporting by Associated Press.

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