The shooting is Canada’s worst act of mass murder in three decades.
At least 10 people have been killed after a mass shooting in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
The suspected gunman was dressed as a police officer – and the shootings took place over 12 hours in the rural town of Portapique.
One of those killed was a female Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and a second officer was injured.
Brian Sauve, president of the National Police Federation union, said: “Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own.”
The 51-year-old suspect – Gabriel Wortman – was arrested at a petrol station, but he later died. Reports that he was shot dead by police were not officially confirmed.
Detectives have also not provided a motive for the attack, which began on Saturday night in the small rural town of Portapique.
Residents were told to lock their homes and stay inside. Several building fires were also reported but police did not confirm details of these.
Resident Christine Mills said armed officers had been patrolling the town’s streets and helicopters were also used to search for the suspect.
Nova Scotia’s premier Stephen McNeil described the shooting as “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history”.
He added: “I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia.”
The shooting has been described as the worst act of mass murder in Canada since a gunman killed 15 women in Montreal in 1989.
Lee Bergerman, commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, said it would “remain etched in the minds for many years to come”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation”.
Police had said the suspect was driving what appeared to be a police car but later said he was believed to be in a small, silver Chevrolet SUV.
They confirmed he was not a police employee.
He is instead listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website.