A Shamattawa First Nation man was shot and seriously injured by the RCMP in the northern community of Manitoba on Saturday, the federal police agency and community chief said.
Around 1 p.m. CT, officers responded to reports of a man carrying a gun. According to police, while on patrol, officers heard gunshots.
A suspect was placed outside a community home and shots were fired after what was described as an “interaction” between him and officers, the RCMP said via Twitter shortly after 6pm CT.
The 22-year-old was taken to a local nursing station.
In an interview late Saturday afternoon, Shamattawa Police Chief Jordna Hill said the man was waiting to be airlifted to a hospital in Winnipeg and described his condition as “50- 50.”
“I pray that he gets through, gets through,” he said. Family members at the nursing home were “emotional and angry,” Hill said.
No officers were injured, the RCMP said, adding that Manitoba’s Independent Investigations Unit, which investigates serious police-related incidents in the province, has been notified.
Shamattawa is located about 745 km northwest of Winnipeg.
Key calls for RCMP policy review
Hill said he has been in touch with Indigenous leaders from political advocacy organizations Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Council of First Nations about the shooting and hopes to set up a conference with them.
He also said he wanted to review the RCMP policy and procedures, saying shootings like these were “a common occurrence” in indigenous communities.
Hill said he hopes to keep the peace in remote communities in the wake of the shooting.
The people there were very upset, he said. “There’s a lot of rage and shock right now,” Hill said.