Moncton arrest happened in ex-cop's backyard

"Don't be disturbed, don't be afraid. We will be around back. There is going to be a lot of comings and goings," police officers told George Paquet during the early hours of Friday morning. It was in his backyard that RCMP officers arrested accused gunman Justin Bourque. (TVA News/QMI Agency screengrab)

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, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

MONCTON, N.B. - "Don't be disturbed, don't be afraid. We will be around back. There is going to be a lot of comings and goings," police officers told George Paquet during the early hours of Friday morning.

It was in Paquet's backyard that the RCMP arrested accused Moncton shooter Justin Bourque.

Paquet gave QMI Agency his first interview since the manhunt for the man accused of killing three RCMP officers in Moncton ended in back of Paquet's home.

Paquet is a retired policeman. He spent his whole career in Moncton. The 73-year-old said he knew what was going on in his backyard Friday morning and he wasn't scared -- he felt in good hands. His wife, however, was worried about the action taking place outside the family home.

The RCMP used a shed in the Paquets' yard as an operations command post.

Paquet said he saw the arrest and said Bourque didn't resist.

"(Bourque) raised his hands in the air, he surrendered voluntarily," Paquet said. "No way, with the number of police there, he didn't bother to fight at all."

Paquet saluted the work of the RCMP officers, who he said acted honourably.

He said that officers are trained for manhunts and other similar situations and the Moncton RCMP was "exceptional."


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