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Justin Bourque is shown in an artist's sketch during his court appearance in Moncton on June 6, 2014. (CAROL TAYLOR/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Justin Bourque is shown in an artist's sketch during his court appearance in Moncton on June 6, 2014. (CAROL TAYLOR/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Moncton accused sent for psychiatric assessment, back in court July 31 Add to ...

A man charged with fatally shooting three RCMP officers and wounding two others in Moncton last month will return to court July 31 after undergoing a psychiatric assessment.

Justin Bourque is facing three first-degree murder charges and two counts of attempted murder.

He has not entered pleas on the charges.

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Bourque did not speak during his brief appearance today in Moncton provincial court, but his lawyer, David Lutz, said he was making the request for a psychiatric assessment after speaking to his client’s father. The Crown agreed to the defence request.

Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gévaudan and Douglas Larche were gunned down after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood on June 4.

Two other RCMP officers – constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen – were wounded and later released from hospital.

The shootings and ensuing manhunt brought the city to a standstill until an arrest was made about 30 hours later.

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