Const. Dave Ross, a Quebec-born Mountie who had lived in New Brunswick for seven years, has been identified as one of three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B., Wednesday night.
Ross was a married father of a 19-month-old with another baby on the way, his mother-in-law told CBC News.
"This is the most horrifying, difficult experience," she said.
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Tributes continued to pour in Thursday for the slain officers. The RCMP have yet to officially release their names but described one officer as having three children.
Police apprehended the 24-year-old man suspected in the shootings early Friday.
Roger Brown, RCMP assistant commissioner, told a news conference that RCMP officials met with family members of the slain Mounties Thursday morning.
"As you can well imagine, they're hurting. There's actually no way to describe the level of hurt," Brown said.
Brown added that the focus of this incident needs to be brought back to the families of the officers killed or wounded.
"We have one of our members with three children. And you know, these are, these are real-life situations," he said.
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The two wounded officers underwent surgery Thursday. One was still hospitalized, and the other was released, the RCMP said.
Codiac RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman told the news conference that officers were dispatched after receiving a call Wednesday afternoon about a man on a Moncton road who was believed to have a firearm.
She said the shooting occurred while the gunman was on the road, and when he moved into the woods.
"[The shooting] occurred over a period of time, a short period of time," she said.
RCMP Const. Damien Theriault said on CBC's Information Morning in Moncton that he had "lost three friends," but that "we are professionals and we have a job to do right now. We will have time to grieve after."
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Police officers from Saint John were deployed to Moncton to help with the manhunt.
'An attack against members of the Codiac RCMP is an attack against all police in New Brunswick.'—Bruce Connell, Saint John deputy police chief
Bruce Connell, the deputy chief in Saint John, issued a news release Thursday expressing support for his RCMP colleagues.
“An attack against members of the Codiac RCMP is an attack against all police in New Brunswick,” Connell said in his statement.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the shootings are "a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities."
Gov. Gen. David Johnston said RCMP officers may "understand the risks that come with the uniform, but always defend our communities with bravery and courage.
"Today, we remember the sacrifice of these three officers, a tragic loss we all feel," he said.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson offered his thought and prayers "with the families of our fallen members."
"We are making sure that families and members are taken care of."