TORONTO — The Canadian police have charged a 48-year-old man in the fatal shootings of two officers and two civilians in New Brunswick, an attack that struck a nerve in a country hit by several instances of mass violence over the past few months.
The police in Fredericton, a university town in New Brunswick, said that the man, Matthew Vincent Raymond, had been arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is due to appear in court on Aug. 27.
The victims in the shooting on Friday were identified as Constable Robb Costello, 45; Constable Sara Burns, 43; Donnie Robichaud, 42; and Bobbie-Lee Wright, 32.
The two officers were responding to a report of gunshots in a residential area of Fredericton, the provincial capital, when they came upon two bodies, Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet said at a news conference on Friday. The officers were killed as they approached the two civilian victims, he said.
No motive has been disclosed.
The Fredericton police chief, Leanne Fitch, said the gunman had used a long weapon and was in an elevated position when he fired. She added that the police had shot the suspect, who was in serious but stable condition.
Judith Aguilar, an office manager for Sunfield Apartment Rentals, said that Mr. Raymond had lived in the complex for about four months and was an avid cyclist who often came to pay his rent in cash.
“He seemed like a very normal and pleasant person, really,” she said. “He’s tall and was in fairly good shape because he biked everywhere.”
Residents of Fredericton appeared stunned by the episode, as the city of 60,000 last had a homicide in 2014.
Canada has been wrestling with a string of attacks, including in Toronto last month, when a gunman opened fire in a crowded part of the city, killing two people and wounding 13 before being killed in the confrontation.
In April, a man who linked himself to a misogynistic online community used a van to run down pedestrians in a busy part of Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14.
The authorities are still pursuing leads in an investigation of a suspect charged with killing eight men in the city in recent years.
In 2014, a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick, left three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead and two wounded.