The city of Moncton is preparing to welcome thousands of police officers from across Canada as it plans an RCMP regimental funeral service Tuesday for the three Mounties shot dead last week in the line of duty.
Organizers say they estimate 7,000 to 8,000 police officers will attend the funeral at the Moncton Coliseum, which will be preceded by an RCMP parade. The service for constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Douglas James Larche and Dave Joseph Ross will be televised.
The city has set up at least five other sites where people can gather to mourn due to the number of people expected to attend. Residents have also been asked to volunteer their homes as billets for travelling police officers.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov.-Gen. David Johnston are expected to attend.
Gevaudan, Larche and Ross were gunned down Wednesday evening after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood in the northwest area of Moncton. Two other officers — Constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen — were wounded and have been released from hospital.
The shootings and the ensuing 30-hour manhunt for the alleged killer brought the city to a standstill until an arrest was made just after midnight Friday.
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