A suspect has been shot and killed and two others arrested in connection with the murder of an RCMP officer in Manitoba early Friday morning.

RCMP spokeswoman Heather Russel said a shootout between police and three suspects happened late Friday afternoon, about 100 kilometres east of Regina.

The suspects two men and a woman were cornered in a motel room in the town of Wolesley, Sask. Police were trying to set up a communication line, when the suspects burst out of the motel room, firing. One of the suspects, a man, was shot and killed by members of the emergency task force.

The 14-hour incident began early Friday morning when a 20-year veteran of the RCMP was found murdered near the town of Russell, Manitoba. The shooting led to a massive manhunt across the Prairies to find the suspects.

The dead officer has been identified as Const. Dennis Strongquill, 52, head of the Waywayseecappo First Nation RCMP detachment, east of Russell. He was the father of six children.

Strongquill and another officer were heading for coffee, just after midnight, when they tried to pull over a truck with Alberta licence plates. The suspects shot at the police car, chased it to Russell, and then rammed it in front of the detachment office. Stronquill was shot as he was getting out of the cruiser.

Shots were also fired in a number of small towns across the border in Saskatchewan.