Shamattawa man shot dead by RCMP fighting for his life

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A 22-year-old Shamattawa First Nation man is in critical condition in a Winnipeg hospital after being fatally shot by RCMP over the weekend, sources say.

In a news release, RCMP said officers from the Shamattawa Detachment responded to a report of a man walking down a road with a firearm around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Officers, who reportedly heard multiple gunshots, located a suspect outside a residence and returned fire after the suspect fired at them, RCMP said.

The man suffered serious injuries and was first taken to the community nursing station before being airlifted to Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, about 750 kilometers south, for treatment. cared for.

The officers were not injured.

“When a shooting involves the RCMP, it’s very shocking and traumatic,” said Sandy Miles, a band councilor and relative of the 22-year-old.

“I think it’s time for the leadership, if not the whole community, to sit down with the RCMP and have a good dialogue, and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The police are continuing their investigation.

Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit, which has a mandate to investigate serious incidents involving officers on and off duty, also conducts its own investigation. Members of the police monitoring agency visited the community and interviewed witnesses on Sunday.

The man who was shot was preparing for a fishing trip with a friend on Saturday afternoon and had both a fishing rod and a gun, Miles said.

“Every time we go fishing, I do that too. I take my fishing gear. I take my rifle and sometimes I take my shotgun thinking I might see ducks or moose or caribou,” said the adviser.

Sources told the Free press the 22-year-old’s condition worsened over the weekend and close family members were flown to Winnipeg to be by his side.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. issued a statement on the situation on Monday.

“I am aware that there are extenuating circumstances that led to this incident, but it is alarming to hear that an Aboriginal man has been shot 11 times. It is disconcerting, and being aware of the many shootings of Indigenous lately, I can’t help but be unsure of the path forward for reconciliation,” MKO Garrison Grand Chief Settee said in the statement.

Shamattawa Chief Jordna Hill has asked the RCMP to undertake a review of its operational policies and withdraw the officers involved in the incident until an investigation is complete due to security concerns on both sides. .

“I further call for a change in the policy of ‘trigger happy’ shoot first and ask questions later…These incidents are becoming all too common,” Hill added in a prepared statement.

The Shamattawa officers have already been moved in accordance with normal procedures, said RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Courchaine.

Officers involved in shootings are typically pulled from frontline policing for their health and well-being, Courchaine said, adding that employees who work in small communities can be moved to larger centers — like this was the case in this situation – where RCMP supports are more readily available.

A video of the aftermath of the shooting has made the rounds on social media. In the clip, community members press officers on why they shot the man. There are moans and screams amidst other background noises.

Witnesses and others who have information or video footage of the incident are asked to contact the IUI toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.

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Maggie Macintosh

Maggie Macintosh
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Maggie Macintosh reports on education for the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding for the Free Press educational journalist comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.

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