**Updated** Former Moncton Mountie killed in Quebec

An RCMP officer who spent several years working in the Moncton area has died in the line of duty in Quebec.

The Mounties say in a statement that Const. Richer Dubuc, 42, was a seven-year veteran of the force.

Dubuc died from injuries sustained following a crash between his RCMP vehicle and a farm tractor in Lacolle, near the Canada-U.S. border, on Monday evening.

The married father of four started his RCMP career with Codiac Regional RCMP in 2009, and had just transferred to the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team in Quebec in January.

Assistant Commissioner Larry Tremblay, commanding officer of the New Brunswick RCMP, said in a statement that Dubuc was a devoted member of RCMP who cared deeply about making a difference in the communities he served.

Tremblay said Dubuc served as an Emergency Medical Technician with the New Brunswick RCMP's Emergency Response Team, as well as with the Special Tactical Operations Team.

"These extra duties speak to his dedication to public safety and to helping those in need," said Tremblay. "He made a tremendous difference to the people of New Brunswick, not only in the Greater Moncton area where he served for seven years, but across the province."

Supt. Paul Beauchesne, officer in charge of Codiac Regional RCMP, said Dubuc was fulfilling a lifetime dream by serving with the Mounties, and his contributions to the Moncton area will not be forgotten.

"Richer was known as a man of 'large stature' with a personality that matched," he said. "His co-workers called him 'the gentle giant,' because he was very tall and always in good spirits."

"He will be remembered as always having a smile on his face, but also the type of person who always stood up for others and was there to lend a hand either at work or in his personal life."

The collision occurred on Highway 202 near Roxham Road, an area frequently used by immigrants crossing into Canada from the United States on foot.

RCMP officers have been dealing with a significant increase in the number of migrants arriving this way in Quebec and Manitoba.

Condolence books have been set up at the RCMP New Brunswick Headquarters on Regent Street in Fredericton, and at the Codiac Regional RCMP on Main Street in Moncton.

Flags at all RCMP buildings across the country will also be flown at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral.

With files from The Canadian Press