Man charged in Moun­ties’ death ob­sessed with guns

The Covington News - - WORLD -

MONC­TON, New Brunswick (AP) — A chill­ing por­trait of a man ob­sessed with guns and anti-govern­ment rhetoric be­gan to emerge as people in this east­ern Cana­dian city strug­gled to rec­on­cile the knowl­edge that the per­son charged with mur­der­ing three Moun­ties was the same one who had seem­ingly lived qui­etly among them.

Justin Bourque, 24, was caught and charged with three mur­ders and two at­tempted mur­ders Fri­day, end­ing a 30-hour man­hunt that closed schools, forced res­i­dents to hide in­side their homes and par­a­lyzed Monc­ton with fear. He ap­peared briefly in court Fri­day af­ter he was charged in the sec­ond dead­li­est at­tack on the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice in nearly 130 years.

But as neigh­bors of his par­ents and oth­ers who knew Bourque spoke of a quiet man from a well-liked, re­li­gious Catholic fam­ily that home-schooled its chil­dren, re­cent posts on so­cial net­works told a very dif­fer­ent tale — a litany of para­noid con­spir­a­cies that in­cluded state­ments on Rus­sia be­ing a threat to Canada and deep an­i­mos­ity to­ward author­ity fig­ures.

A friend, Tr­ever Finck, said he no­ticed changes in Bourque’s be­hav­ior over the last year, par­tic­u­larly af­ter he cre­ated a new Face­book page for him­self in Fe­bru­ary and filled it with anti-po­lice mes­sages and con­spir­acy the­o­ries.

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